I picked up JJ's sippy cup and I realized it was empty. I started to refill it with water, when I remembered the fruit punch kool-aid packet in the pantry. Oooh, JJ would LOVE that, I thought to myself. I put his sippy cup on the kitchen table and I went to get the sugar and kool aid mix. JJ came into the kitchen and tried to take a sip from his empty cup.
"More?" JJ held out his cup, after a failed attempt at a drink.
"Mommy will get you a drink! I'm making you some fruit punch!"
"NO!" JJ replied.
"JJ, don't say 'no' to mama. See?(I held up the kool-aid packet.) Mommy is going to stir it up!"
I picked up JJ and walked him into his bedroom. "JJ you may not talk to mommy like that. No, no. That is naughty." I left JJ in his crib for a two minute time-out. He didn't even protest his punishment; he knew he shouldn't shout at mommy. As I walked back to the kitchen, I couldn't help but think this was all so silly! The fruit punch I was trying to serve him was going to be so yummy! I finished making the red drink and headed back to the children's bedroom. JJ greeted me with a big smile.
"Saw yee." JJ has the most adorable apology! It melts my heart every time!
"I forgive you baby." I eagerly recieved several (wet) toddler kisses. wink.
It was then that the Holy Spirit reminded me:
Sometimes, I can be just like JJ. I don't always want to accept what the Lord is giving to me... even when it is going to be much sweeter than I realize.
I am too quick to say, "NO!". My heart is being refined and my eyes have been opened to see that I don't trust Him enough.
I want to be quick to surrender to His will; I want to whole heartedly say, "Thank you, Lord and I trust You."
I am a work in progress, and I am humbled by the grace and forgiveness that God has given to me.
Oh, I am so thankful for the love of Christ!