Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Throwing Hissy Fits

I ran across the hilarious above video on Facebook. Note Mama following Baby around, watching him take his first steps, hovering, then getting in Baby's face. Baby doesn't like it and starts growling. Mama doesn't care. She's going to stick right there with Baby because she knows what's best for Baby, even if Baby doesn't agree.

Mama gives Baby a love tap.

Oh no! Baby doesn't like that! He throws a major hissy fit! Mama doesn't back off, in spite of Baby reading her the riot act. Mama finally walks away but quickly returns and puts her nose right in Baby's face as if to check his temperament.

By the end of the video there's a little bit of love and playfulness, but Baby hasn't completely given up the attitude.

This video is so much like our relationship with our children. Our kids need our constant, watchful love and care. We patiently endure push-backs and temper tantrums. Like Mama above, we may step away for a moment to take a breath, but we come back.

It's always a balance between hovering and allowing children to navigate difficult situations on their own. Sometimes children must learn by mistakes. When they don't want to heed our advice, all we can do is step back and pray. We pray that God takes over and leads someone mature to step in and guide them.

Our relationship with God is like this doggie video, too. He hovers, guides, lovingly holds onto us. We push back. God lets us fall and learn. But His voice is always there, guiding us, leading us. His desire for us is to grow in faith and maturity.

We can't be like the puppy above forever. We can't throw fits and get angry with God. He knows best. We also must be open to hearing and following God's guidance and the good advice offered from Godly people.

1 Corinthians 14:20
"Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature."
My mom, giving my daughter some good advice.

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