Isn’t it interesting how much being a parent teaches us? How profoundly God uses children to chip away at our selfishness …
My 10-year-old son and I were on the golf course on Father’s Day this year. Rather than pleasantly enjoying each other’s company, we were disagreeing about the most effective technique for him to improve his game. He was confident in his method, and I was confident in mine.
After some discussion, he finally agreed to embrace my strategy for a few minutes until he was able to achieve the desired goal – making ten short putts in a row. It was not easy, but he persisted. After missing the 9th and 10th tries a few times, he finally did it. Along the way, he could see the immediate improvement before his eyes.
He looked up at me and said, “It seems like you know me better than me, even though I’m me!” It was one of those special breakthrough moments that you recognize immediately as an extremely rare event. I thought, "That is my Father’s Day present right there." As you might imagine, the breakthrough was short-lived, but that didn’t take away from its magnitude.
After basking in my son's realization, it dawned on me. Those are precisely the words our Heavenly Father is waiting to hear from me – from each of us. Why are we so slow to give up our own, ineffective approaches and submit to the divine plan of our Creator?
Perhaps this concept is most difficult when our lives are in turmoil – when circumstances like a parent’s life-threatening illness turn our lives upside down. At times like these, we think, just like my son, "How can His ways be best?"
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
He knows us better than us, even though we’re us!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11