The other day I created a safe and fun place for my five month old daughter to play. I gave her some of her favorite toys. I put pillows between her and things that could hurt her. Apparently exploring seems more exciting, she rolled out of the safe place, across the floor, and into the side of the trash can which was not going anywhere because it was against the wall. Then, she would get frustrated when she couldn’t keep rolling. Occasionally, she would roll away from the trashcan, and I would encourage her to keep going. It wasn’t long before she would roll back into the trashcan. Eventually, she became so frustrated that she stop moving and cried until I came and put her back with her toys.
As I was watching her, I couldn’t help think that this is similar to the interaction between God and us. God has provided everything that we need, but just like my daughter, we aren’t content. We leave God’s safety and adventure where we desire, and then it is not like we wanted and get frustrated. Sometimes, we think we figure out how to leave the situation and then make the same decision and end right back in the same frustrating place. And then, we yell and scream and sometimes even blame God for our problem.
I am grateful for a God who is faithful to forgive. 1st John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Lord, I am sorry for the times that I ignore what you had done for me. Often, I just do whatever I please and then expect You to solve whatever problem I have gotten myself into. Lord, remind me to slow down and ask for Your help before I end up next to the trash. Thank you for forgiving me and cleansing me.