My kindergartener recently had a conversation with grandma that went something like this.
Grandma: Pretty soon you will know how to read Andrew, and then you can just pick up a book and read it!
Andrew: You mean I will just go into school one day and I will be able to read?
Grandma: Well you will have to work and learn how to do it but then you will know how to do it forever.
At this point he shrugged indifferently and ran off to play…
If only he could see what he’s missing from an adult perspective!! How do you make a 6-year-old understand that the whole world will start to blossom once they do the relatively short work of learning to read? At age 6 he simply has no idea what he’s missing and how his window to the world will expand exponentially!
God our Father must feel this way about his children all the time! He sees not only the great potential we have of our own power but the limitless potential we have when we live through Him. He knows the world will blossom in ways we simply can not imagine when we trust in His ways. But to do this requires work, it requires obedience and prayer and humility and a desire to serve the will of our father more than our own. It requires perseverance in the face of self-doubt and worldly failure. Sometimes it requires a single-minded focus that is near impossible to come by in a world full of distractions. It requires patience so at odds with the attitude of instant gratification prevalent in American culture.
God is always ready and willing to teach us.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer 29:11)
I wanted to shout after Andrew and call him back and explain all the wonders awaiting him. I wanted, somehow, to make him understand. Even as I write this I’m at a loss. The impact of knowing how to read is so undefinable.
The same thing can be said of our Loving God. We can’t begin to define Him or understand all that he has in store for us. Only through the steady and faithful building of a relationship with Him will our eyes be opened, will our minds be enlightened, will our hearts be filled. Are we eager and excited to know Him or do we shrug indifferently and run off to carry out our own plans?
Lord, help us tune out the world so we can focus our attention on you, who makes the world blossom in our minds, our hearts and our souls! Amen