Friday, March 11, 2011

Call To Me

My favorite game to play as a child was School. I LOVED forcing my sister to sit down and be my student. I, of course, always got to be the teacher. She never really loved it....

So every few months, I will sit my children down, and try to force school upon them once more. So far, they haven't loved it either.  I know what you're thinking, maybe I'm just not a good teacher.  But that's not the case (at least, I hope it's not...) It's possible that I perhaps, maybe, wasn't great at it when I was 8 years old.....

But this week, D has finally gotten into learning. It excites me to see him wanting more, more, more to learn. He sits down, does workbooks, learns letters, writes out his name (I have dots that he has to connect...he is only 3)  He sounds out words in conversations. It's all just very exciting to me.

I, in turn, find myself much more challenged (in a very good way) to come up with fun activities for my kids to do that feed their learning process. The more my kids seek out learning, the more I want to teach them!

Now of course, being me, can I just leave the blog post at this? Nah, I really can't. I have to find deeper meaning in this.  As much as I love teaching a child who yearns to learn....I can't imagine how much more God loves teaching those who are willing to learn.  He tell us that if you seek him, you will find him. If you ask for wisdom, you shall receive it. "Call to Me, I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know."  - Jeremiah 33:3

Over and over again, the bible makes it clear that if we are not seeking, if we are not willing to learn, He isn't going to waste His wisdom on us. I think the bible is equally clear however that God will steer His Children back to a place that we want to seek Him again....

In my own life, when my kids refuse to listen, when they tell me they don't want to do something I've told them to do....I rarely walk away. Usually, I enforce some sort of discipline on them, because they are my children and I love them. I want them to get to a place where they understand the value in listening and obeying me.

So my question is this.... are you a child of God?  The God that tells us that He loves us, that He WANTS to teach us, wants us to seek him, wants us to know him, to follow him, to believe him...

I am. And once or twice...or a thousand times...I've felt the loving hand of discipline when I want to do my own thing and think there are no consequences to living how I want to live.  But today...feeling the parental joy of seeing my son's desire to learn more.... I feel loved by God. I know He loves me even when I refuse to listen. But, I think I understand a little better the joy that He feels when I willingly choose to obey.

2 comments:

  1. I was looking for a daily devotional and I couldn't find one I liked, and I am having an epiphany *as I type* that maybe it is because you are meant to write one for me! Wouldn't that be awesome/funny/probably a really great book? Speaking of books...maybe we should write a book... :)

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  2. ha ha ha! You are so funny! :-) Yes we should...and then we should spend days writing it, and then quit :)

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