Thursday, September 13, 2012

Temper Tantrum

If you have kids, been around a child, went to a park, or even shopped in a store, you have seen a child throwing a temper tantrum...guaranteed!  
Chances are, you have probably even seen a teenager and an adult throwing a tantrum as well when they didn't get what they wanted. We tend to get very angry and upset when things don't go our way.
Having three kids and one being a three year old now, we experience at least one tantrum a day! Someone takes a desired toy, looks at another the wrong way, or sometimes can even just enter a room and someone gets upset. 
We are very spoiled people that live in a fast paced world that is all about gimme, gimme, gimme!  You've heard the car horns blow when the closest parking space is taken from someone that thought they were there first. I mean come on, didn't you see my blinker!  And, please tell me that I'm not the only mother out there that has experienced the horror of grocery shopping with kids!

This has made me think about how God must feel when I throw a tantrum with Him because I've prayed for something, expecting Him to answer MY way, and He doesn't. He answers. Just not the way I wanted. Oh, how He must throw up His hands at me sometimes when I say things that my own kids say when they are told no......"But, Why?!?!" Why can't this be MY way?!?!!!

We have been praying about a situation for some time now, and honestly it's hard to come to terms with the answer we are receiving. It's not really what I want to hear, but I know that His answers are always the right ones!  Trust me, I have stomped my feet, cried, fussed, and still could possibly fall in the floor thrashing around like something crazy. But, everytime I do HE corrects me like a Father should. There may actually be more tantrums on my part, but I trust and know that He will be patient with me, and let me throw my fit. He knows that eventually I will realize that I'm acting foolish. When we quit thinking things should go our way, it's then that He can use us.

"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him."--Philippians 2:13
He is teaching me more and more everyday that I am not my own.
I am His.
He hand picked me for the task ahead before the earth was even created.
"just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world... ... ... In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will." (Ephesians 1:4a, 11)
He knows how it's all going to work out. He has planned it out to the very detail. The purpose He has for us is far greater than what we can imagine. He will work it ALL out according to His master plan. And, I guarantee it will bring Him glory and be far better than anything I could imagine and work out on my own!


So, what are you fussing with God about??  
Remember it's okay not to always like what He tells us at first, BUT He is the parent and we have to obey!
Just like I tell my kids when they are throwing a tantrum, "You can fuss and be stubborn all you want, but I will win this battle!"
I believe that God is saying the same thing to us, "I have this under control. Get off the floor, quit crying, stop fighting, and just trust ME!"


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