One of the most frustrating stages in raising children is definitely the “terrible twos”. For some children the twos are not too terrible, and others go through this “difficult” stage at the age of three. Either way, there are certain things most children of this age do.
The one that drives me up the wall is the “I can do it” response, and this one usually happens at the most inconvenient of times. I can be in a rush trying to get everyone out the door and when I come to my 2-year-old and try to zip his jacket up he says “I can do it”. There are times when he’s struggling to get his toy, stuck behind furniture, I try to help him and he says “I can do it”.
Even though all he wants is the toy, and he tries to move the couch that won’t budge, he still rejects my offer for help! Moments like these I feel so sorry for him. I know how easy it would be for me to push the couch over and give him exactly what he wants, but he won’t let me help him 😦
Sometimes, I can be like that with God. Life presents me with its challenges in parenting, marriage, or as I try to manage my home. I try so hard to figure it out, to make a plan or to find a strategy that will work this time. So many times I feel so powerless, helpless and even scared. I think :”I only have so many more years with this child…what if he doesn’t get this together! “I don’t have enough time in the day, how am I going to accomplish everything that HAS to be completed”!
I forget the God I serve! I forget that I am not doing this alone! It’s so easy for him to “move the couch over” and give me what I long for. As I strive for godly children, a marriage that glorifies Him and even as I grow in humility and dependence on Him…even in that, I don’t have to do it alone! If I do, it’s because I choose to, because He’s always beside me WANTING to help and give me rest!
Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. ~ Matthew 11:28