Parenting is hard. Most of the time it makes zero sense, like today. We embark on our two minute journey for coffee, leaving Madi with my grandmother. A few minutes later the phone rings. It is Meme, “Did you know you forgot one child?”
I explain that Madi did not want to go and I can hear her saying “BUT I DID” in the background. Eric and I laugh because what else can you do?
She had full invitation. We told her ten thousand times before we left, “This is where we are going. Do you want to come?” “Are you coming?” and every time she shut us down.
Then Eric says, “She is just like you.”
This situation mirrors my current spiritual relationship. I hear God’s invitations loud and clear, but I deliberately keep saying, “NO”. Then I wonder why I am not experiencing the fullness of the journey.
When you stop accepting. The invitation is not pushed .
And just like my seven year old was not actually left behind neither am I. The Amplified version of Hebrews 13:5 says, “for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”
He never leaves. He holds on tight and wants us to experience that richness and fullness that can only be found in Him. It is up to us to believe what God says. It is up to us as believers to accept His will and His plan no matter how scary and uncomfortable it may be. Our only job is to accept His offer and get in the car! .
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21