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The Temper Tantrum

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Last week as I was on the phone with one of my really great friends; she was trying to give her 2 year old his cup, but he was crying and rejecting the cup – without even knowing what was in it. As he threw his tantrum, she made the off handed comment that he was missing his blessing because he was refusing to receive what she, his mother, was trying to give. At two, he didn’t realize she had a greater understanding and knew what he needed.

How many of us are like that?

How many times has God had something, but because we looked at it from our 20-year, 30-year, 50-year perspective or older, we missed out on a blessing because it didn’t come how we wanted or thought? Or we’re disappointed because something that we wanted, we did not receive?

My friend knew the good things she had for her son, but through the lens of his two years he couldn’t see beyond what he knew and wanted. We may not through a tantrum as a child or cry when we don’t get our way, but we do behave in childish ways. When told no, sometimes we do everything in our power to make it a yes. When things aren’t going our way, we pout just as a child would.

We serve a God that is all seeing and all knowing; One with infinite perspective. He never sleeps and He never slumbers. He desires for us to have great. He is preparing a table for us. Yet in order to receive God’s best, we have to stop fighting our Father and start trusting that He desires to give and that He knows what we need, even if it’s the unknown. Especially if it’s the unknown.

This week rest in the fact that although you may not know what the future brings, you know The Lord you serve. One who sees all, knows all and knows just what you need.


Walk with Him,

Shaniqua & the Great Is Team