Her face scrunches up, lips purse together into her mantra, “No, no, noooooooo….YEAH!”
With that YEAH her whole face brightens, opens, and both hands raise toward what I have been offering. The. Whole. Time.
This is my life right now with a toddler. I keep offering, she says no, until she doesn’t. It’s a little maddening, knowing that yesterday, you did like this, and tomorrow you probably still will like it, but today, in THIS moment, it’s a NO. Until it’s a yes.
How many times does God do this for us? A constant redirecting, a deep breathe, heavy sigh and silent personal pep talk, “You can do this,” to get us past this temporary stand of stubborn independence?
God wants all of us to willingly walk our own faith, and wholeheartedly say “yes,” to ministry opportunities presented to us. But how often do we take them?
Not right now God, don’t you see this to-do list?
Sure God, and with this car full of kids, loads of laundry, piling bills, and medical procedures to schedule I’ll tackle this latest thing.
Right God, and where in this schedule do you suggest I find time to pray, study, go to church?
God knows ALL of the many reasons why we might say “no,” yet God still offers. We still see the person holding the “hungry” sign. We continue to hear how someone on the other side of our point of view is railing about this and that.
So perhaps, we take a cue from God. The next time you feel your shoulders tighten up, your face (and mind) squeeze closed, and that “NO,” is just oozing out of your lips…
Take a deep breath.
Redirect your mind back to the goodness of God.
And then see; does that change your perspective? Is there a different possibility before you?
Even if it’s simply making eye contact with the person behind that sign, giving them the momentary acknowledgement of their humanity, their struggle, and your desire to help, does make a difference.
Even if you still disagree with their statement, do you perhaps also see the hurt, the personal struggles, the hope for something different behind their argument?
We might all be toddling on our path of faith, but God is always there cheering us on, and guiding us toward one another. And together, from that toddle, we might all find ourselves twirling in God’s joy and delight.