Tenderness

I am at a homeschool speech and debate tournament this weekend. It’s been an easier tournament because I don’t have my younger children with me. But there are many families with littles, whom we affectionately call juniors, at this tournament.

My friend, who is new to homeschool debate, did bring her littles with her though. One of these littles is her two year old. This little one is the youngest of seven and, like many toddlers, can be a handfull at times. This morning was no different.

During the early morning devotional time, this little one decided she needed to go sit with one of the teenagers at another table. Mom told her “no”. That didn’t satisfy and she wasn’t giving up. Her protests were growing but not too loud. . . until we started praying.

Honestly, I don’t remember the prayer, nor did I pay attention. I was distracted by the little one, but probably not for what you would think. I was listening to the tenderness of her mother. She spoke so softly and gently to the toddler who was beginning to rage. I thought of what a beautiful example this is of our Father. He speaks so softly to us in our rebellion. As we storm and rage to get our own way, He speaks tenderly, drawing us to trust Him.

God is calling us to be redeemed. He knows all too well how much our hearts behave as toddlers seeking our own way. Yet, just like a mother with her child, He draws us with tender words to a life that is surrendered, fully trusting in His sovereign, perfectly planned will for us. This is what surrender to God looks like.

When my sweet little toddler friend returned with her mom, she was lying her head quietly on her mother’s shoulder, completely at rest. It was a beuatiful image of what our surrender to Christ can look like.

Perfect Peace!!!

You keep him in perfect peace
    whose mind is stayed on you,
    because he trusts in you.
4Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 26:3-4