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When God Wants an Important Thing Done in this World

“When God wants an important thing done in this world or a wrong righted, He goes about it in a very singular way. He doesn’t release thunderbolts or stir up earthquakes. God simply has a tiny baby born, perhaps of a very humble home, perhaps of a very humble mother. And God puts the idea or purpose into the mother’s heart. And she puts it in the baby’s mind, and then – God waits. The great events of this world are not battles and elections and earthquakes and thunderbolts. The great events are babies, for each child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged with humanity, but is still expecting goodwill to become incarnate in each human life.”
Edmond McDonald

This quote is a great reminder to me when I'm in the middle of struggles with the personalities and passions of my children.  God designed them just the way they are!

Yes, they have sin natures, and it's my job to humbly point them towards God's ways as I shape their character. 

But sometimes I get frustrated just because they're different than me, and they get in my way.  Whether they're being too messy, or their collection of lego planes has overtaken an entire room, or they play the drums at the volume of thunder.  God has plans for those unique personalities and passions, and I need to let them experiment and grow.  And I can't wait to see how God uses these kiddos in our family.  It will be fun to watch!

Comments

Mom Advice said…
This is a very nice reflection. I struggle with my middle one. He's so sweet, but he has a tendency to whine about things. The Lord is testing me with him and I think at times using him to teach me patience and grace.

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