Trusting in the Goodness of the Father

Isn't it wonderful when our children teach us about Jesus? Not that it is always fun, but the Holy Spirit doesn't waste a moment if you're just willing to listen.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. - Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. - James 1:17 (ESV)
Tonight Stephanie is working so I've been home with the kids. I wanted to do something fun with them so I planned out an exciting night that consisted of...

- going downtown to see the water fountain
- getting some ice cream
- playing at the playground
- picking up ingredients for dinner and having the kids help me prepare the food (including their favorites like guacamole and deviled eggs)
- and topping the night off with strawberry and banana smoothies.

Sounds fun doesn't it? Unfortunately things didn't go as planned. Izzy and Jacob couldn't settle down and wait for me to get ready to leave so they lost the ice cream. It was raining so we couldn't go to the fountain or the playground. We got the dinner ingrediants but the kids whined about not being able to play outside so we never made the meal. Then Jacob and Izzy wandered away from the house without telling me, and Andrew wouldn't stop playing the rain puddle at the end of the driveway, so we skipped the smoothies and went straight to bed.

It makes me sad because I had all these fun things for them to do with me but they kept choosing their own ways. Ultimately, their disobedience caused them to miss out on the good gifts I had for them. And now as I write I think the lesson the Holy Spirit wants me to hear is that I am not all that different from my kids in the way I respond to God. He has a plan for my welfare, and he is the giver of good gifts, yet I persist in doing it 'my way.' In my disobedience I am sure the loving heart of the Father is pained.

Trust in God. He is gracious and compassionate. He is a benevolent, generous Father desiring to bestow wonderful things upon his children. Follow him. For he is righteous and his perfect knowledge is available for our benefit.