Last weekend, I witnessed the most incredible temper-tantrum! It was about 20 minutes of foot stomping, hand thrashing, crying, and screaming. It was amazing to sit and watch as she cried it out. Slowly, over time, she submitted to the authority, and peace returned to her face.
This event made me reflect on my relationship with God, my authority. God longs for us to be a healthy and happy people. It is in our own disobedience, and longing to do things our way that we find discontent. We spend our own 20 minutes thrashing about, trying to get God to bend his will to ours. He is the perfect parent, and he will let us shout it out for as long as it takes. Just as with this child, when we submit to his parental will, we will find joy and peace.
In addition to the joy and peace of surrendering to the parent, this child also opened herself up to the parent’s instructions. These instructions will help her to be a more productive member of society; a more well rounded person; a more loving person. So to will we learn to live better lives when we surrender to God.
Spend some time with God today considering where you are in rebellion against his will. There may be some areas where you don’t even realize you are refusing to submit. Be open to God’s parental nurturing and wisdom. Let him help you live an ever more fulfilled life in Christ.