(originally posted 4/12/13)
I nanny 3 days a week for a friend of mine’s 4 children. Yes. 4. Right now they are 5,3,3 and 3. You read that right too. Three 3 year olds. For 2 more weeks, then the kids will be 5,4, 3 and 3. Two girls, two boys. Twin boys. Adorable, fun, energetic and young. And just out of official ‘toddlerhood’.
And now that I’m their “guest mom” (as their mom puts it;) I’m spending a lot of time with a lot of little people again. Kind of like combining when my kids were little and I was teaching preschool. The twins (C&G, who turned 3 in March) are typical young boys. In every way. Rambunctious, energetic, smart, and connected in a way that I don’t think I can understand. And can they ask questions!!!!! Over and over and over (and sometimes over!!). A little while ago, their fascination was when I was cooking something on the stove to ask me, “Is it hot?” Over, and over, and over again. Right after I would say, “Yes, it’s hot,” they’d ask if it was hot.
Over, and over.
You get the picture. And try as I might, pray as I did, sometimes frustration would get the best of me, and I’d scream a little bit on the inside.
Why didn’t they listen to my answer? Did they even hear me? Why did they keep asking? My answer wasn’t going to change. So why keep asking me??
But God really convicted me. Hard. Don’t I do the same thing to Him? Ask Him questions, but don’t wait or listen for His answer. And then ask again, over and over and over. I realized that I’m a toddler. And that realization hurt me. And yet, I still find myself asking and asking. And still not listening. How I need to step out of my toddler-like faith and into more of what God wants for and with me. So I hope the twins keep asking their questions. It’s a reminder that I need to stop, and listen.
Maybe you do too?
Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from The Lord. Proverbs 8:34-35
Do you need to stop asking so many questions and stop to listen to His answers? I’d love to hear about it!!! You can comment below.
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