Growing Up

2 Peter 3:18 – Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Eighteen month old boys are so fun. Most of the time. I remember when my little guy was that age. He kept us laughing as he tried to teach himself how to jump. He kept us shaking our head as he began to exhibit a tenacious independent streak – like mother like son. OK. Like his entire genetic line, but I digress.

One thing I didn’t love about that age was that he reached a place where his receptive language far surpassed his expressive language. In other words, he understood it when I said no, but he had no words to express his outrage. So, he would fall out in the floor and cry.It drove me insane. He needed to learn that being told no is not justification for a tantrum. He needed to learn to obey in spirit as well as in action. He needed to learn that throwing a fit would earn him a “time out” because I was NOT going to tolerate his behavior.One morning when he fell out in the floor, I scooped him up in my arms as I commented to my husband that “I will not have a child who behaves this way”. As I carried him into his room, I said to him, quite sternly and parent-like, “You are going to have to learn that when Mommy says no, she has a reason for doing so. Just because you don’t understand the reason doesn’t mean you can throw a fit about it.”

Then, as so often happens when I’m having a self-righteous moment, I heard it . . . the Voice.

I’m telling you, He was laughing as He gently, but firmly, put me in my place.

“Really? You aren’t going to have a child who behaves this way? You think it is inappropriate for a child to throw a fit when he has been told no. You think your son should obey you willingly and without complaint, even when you have made a decision he doesn’t understand? That is very interesting.”


I kissed my son and put him in time out. Then I went and put myself in time out.

How often do I behave like a spiritual 18 month old? How often does God look at me and shake His head and wonder when I will outgrow my infantile behavior. Because while I’m all for doing God’s will, I have a tendency . . . OK, a general predisposition . . . OK, I pretty much throw a fit when His will takes me down an unpleasant path. Because I want to know WHY!

“I’ll obey Lord, just, please, explain it to me.”

“Father, I want your will for my life, but could you give me a glimpse into the plan, here?

“This would be so much easier if I understood the logic.”

But just as there is no way for an 18 month old to fully understand his parent’s logic, there is no way for me to fully understand the infinite wisdom of God.

Over time, my son has learned to obey even when he doesn’t understand. He usually obeys without kicking and screaming. He’s growing up.

I try to remember this when I’m tempted to complain and whine about God’s plans. I try to remember that the solution isn’t for God to answer all my questions, but for me to learn more and more about my Savior. Because the more I know Him, the more I’ll trust Him and the easier the obedience will be.It’s all about growing up!
Father, Thank you for loving us with a love that never fails. Thank you for recognizing our weaknesses. Thank you for correcting us. Thank you for grace. Amen.

Lynn Huggins Blackburn

Lynn Huggins Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her first book, Covert Justice , releases June 2015. You can follow her real life happily ever after at Out of the Boat.

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  1. I liked your analogy. We all have something to learn about Godly obedience no matter how old we are!

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