My little three year old had quite a day today. She started off by playing with the phone and accidentally dialing 911. When the emergency operator called back, her older brother assured them that everything was fine. A few minutes later, of course, the sheriff knocked at the door to double check. My five year old beat everyone to the door and opened it wide. My three year old proudly joined her brother at the door, wearing nothing but her birthday suit. I am not sure what the officers thought at this point, but they were quickly assured that we were indeed fine, that baby was just playing with the phone and is potty-training.
Shortly after this, her brother decided to dump a cup of water over her head. Then he decided to flush her favorite sticker, “Little Johnny,” down the toilet. By this time she figured maybe she should just go outside for awhile, only to discover a frog in her shoe! It is a good thing that toddlers are resilient, (and mothers too!) She took all this in stride, and even enjoyed telling us the ‘fwog in my shoe’ story over and over.
I have had a few days lately that have felt like that, just one thing after another. I have to admit that I haven’t rolled with things quite as well as my daughter, but also not as poorly as I may have in the past. It is a continual process to make my plans, give them to God and leave them in His hands. God is always polishing the rough edges off of me, a lot of times using things that don’t feel so good to do it. But I know that God has a plan for my life and that His plans are always better than mine. So on the days when I feel like someone has poured a cup of water over my head and flushed my plans down the drain, I will still try to take it all in stride and live to tell the story.
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16