There was absolutely NO way he was going to leave. She had brought him to the best playground in town. It had a sandpit and a slide with a tunnel. I mean, what more could a 3 year old want? Sadly for him, it was time to go. His mum had done all the usual things with the 5 minute warning, and the “time’s nearly up”, as well as the, “say goodbye to your new friends. We will see them next time.” But he was having none of it.
He was so happy when she said they’d head to the park for a while. But imagine his greater joy when they pulled up not to their usual place of play, but this park that was just a little further away – this one gets top marks from all the kids in daycare! It had been a lovely surprise. But why on earth was she making him leave?
Didn’t she love him anymore? Didn’t she want him to have a good life? Obviously she had no clue that she was making such a big mistake!
His mum was so embarrassed by his behavior. Now, if you’ve ever looked after a vivaciously vigorous toddler, you will know the pain of this poor mum. Her sweet and loveable toddler turned on the “disagreeable” and made enough noise for his grandparents to hear, even though they lived on the other side of the ocean!
Amazingly he seemed to have a switch where he could magnify the gravitational pull that was below only him, and he became 20 pounds heavier when she tried to scoop him up. The soft, supple body that had only moments before been maneuvering its way through tiny tunnels and oddly shaped holes, became utterly inflexible as he turned himself into a solid mass of straight-as-a-board kid.
Have you ever done that? Have you been having so much fun in a certain place that it seemed utterly ludicrous to move on? Have you felt like your Father was taking you out of the best place you’d ever been, and all without good reason? Have you ever made yourself stiff and hard-hearted in order to ignore what your Father wanted to do? Because surely, He must be mistaken…
This morning I was reading a familiar verse of Scripture:
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
(Psalm 37:4, ESV)
I often read my Bible with the website, www.blueletterbible.com open. I love to dig into the words and see what the original Hebrew or Greek is.
Today I found that “delight” in Hebrew can mean, “to be soft, delicate and pliable”.
Now, put that implication into the verse above and it might read something like this:
“Be soft and pliable before the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Hold on to that for a second…
What that small, feisty human didn’t know was that his mum had planned a second surprise for him. Yes, they had to leave the park, but they were heading to get ice cream! Did you hear me people? ICE CREAM!!! And, in order to get his chubby little fingers on that creamy treat, he would have to leave where he was. He had no idea where he was being taken, but his mum’s plans were pretty incredible!
If he had been pliable, she could have guided him easily to the car and quickly into the car seat and headed off for the next amazing adventure. If he had chosen to have a soft heart, he would have seen what was his much sooner.
I’m like that immovable toddler far too often. I have been in places that are good, and fun, and filled with wonderful people and great things, when Father God has called me out to something new. I have been that cranky child who complained, and cried, and wailed, only to be surprised once again by His goodness when He brings me to where He had planned.
Our God is kind, He is faithful, and He is consistently good. (Jeremiah 29:11) Don’t miss that today. Be a pliable Jesus follower. Choose to live with a soft heart. Allow Him to give you the desires of your heart.
Today, may I have a soft and pliable heart. Help me to be willing to bend to Your perfect will for me. Teach me to desire what You want and bring me inline with Your good and perfect plans for me. I want my first response to be trust in You. Thank you Jesus. Amen.