Before, the shower was my special place. It was where revelations, eureka, and aha moments would occur most frequently. These days however, all I have to do is spend a few moments with my 1 year old daughter and I instantly hear The Father speaking to me in various ways. Through her storytime books, through His still small voice, through her actions-He has a million different methods to get His messages across.There is just something about parenthood that opens up a whole new realm of revelation. I feel like I have a new key to add to my spiritual keyring that unlocks special parables only mamas (and maybe papas) can truly understand. I have been able to understand God the Father’s love in ways that once eluded me only because I was limited due to my own lack of mother and fathering growing up.
And so it was with my latest parenting revelation. My daughter was getting ready to eat a slice of pizza (her favorite) for lunch the other day. The pizza was still hot so I held a slice in my hand blowing on it in an attempt to cool it down. Normally, she would join me in my attempts to blow the hot food, but this time I guess she was just way too hungry and not willing to wait. As I sat in front of her with the pizza neatly folded in my hand almost ready for her to take a bite, she attempted to take the pizza from me consequently knocking the pizza out of my hand and on to the floor. I was so mad….like passionately mad. I was so mad that I yelled at her causing her to cry. I felt really bad about it, but it was my automatic reaction at the time. Here’s the thing though, I was not upset about the fact that she knocked the pizza onto the floor. I was upset because I really really wanted her to taste this particular slice of pizza. See, I had carefully selected the perfect slice for her- the one with the perfect cheese to sauce ratio, the perfect size and the infamous cheese bubble. I was really excited for her to have it because it was perfect and I just knew she was going to really enjoy it. I find myself doing that a lot. Buying things, taking her places, showing her things that I really think she would enjoy because what parent who really loves their children wouldn’t want them to experience the very best things as long as it didn’t cause them any harm?
Fast forward to my prayer time the next morning, and God being God like only He can, decides to use the situation that made me feel so bad to bring such beautiful revelation. As He reminded me of the circumstances surrounding the pizza incident the previous day, He gently showed me that He too delights in giving His children good and perfect gifts. He gets excited and takes much pleasure in giving us things that He thinks we will enjoy. Any parent will understand this. It literally makes me happy and excites me when I find a toy or a food item or anything that I believe Isabella will enjoy. Just like I was excited for her to experience that perfect slice of pizza that I had specifically chosen for her. Of course I am going to meet her needs. That is my child and I know exactly what she needs, so I am going to automatically provide her with those things, but I am also interested in her wants, her desires, and things that will bring her much joy. Some of you need to know today that God is not only concerned about your needs, but He is also fully invested and interested in your wants. You need to move past asking Him only for the things that you need and seek Him for your heart’s desires as well.
So after I received that revelation, God then went on to remind me that just like that slice of pizza was not ready to eat because it was too hot, that’s how it is with some of the things He is preparing for us. We are right there seated at the table ready to partake- we are so close. But God still has to put on the finishing touches. Allowing Izzy to bite into the pizza prematurely would have resulted in her mouth being burned. Now what kind of mother would I be if I allowed that to happen? So as much as I wanted her to experience the delicious pizza, I knew she still had a little more time to wait before I would give it to her. God spoke these words to me:”Don’t knock the pizza out of my hands”. In other words, don’t allow your impatience to cause you to lose out on the things in which I am preparing for you. I wonder how many things we have missed out on that God was just putting the finishing touches on because we were not patient. So I want to give you the same admonishment that God gave to me- don’t go knocking that pizza out of his hand. Don’t go prematurely getting yourself in that relationship. Don’t go leaving that marriage because of a little bump in the road. Don’t go giving up on your dream job. Don’t go giving up on that friendship. Don’t go settling for just anybody or anything. Don’t ever ever lose your hope. God sees you. He hears you. He knows you. And He is carefully preparing the perfect pizza for you and at just the right time you shall partake.
Here are a few scriptures for you to meditate on in order to strengthen your faith in this area:
Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. -Luke 12:32
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! -Matthew 7:11
Still Hidden in Him,