Getting my grandson to sit still on my lap and snuggle him is one of my favorite things to do these days. Owen is growing so quickly, becoming independent, crawling around and getting into all sorts of things. Having raised two of my own, I’m keenly aware of the need to seize every one of these snuggling opportunities I can because, as they say – TIME flies!
Equally enjoyable are the moments I get to spend with Lyla on my lap, tickling her toes and telling make-believe stories. This morning, it was a traditional family song passed down three generations that I was singing for Owen while bouncing him on my knee when Lyla insisted Owen “move over” so she could also sit on my lap.
“Move over!” she kept telling her brother. “Move over!” Bouncing them both on my knees over and over and over and over because “one more time,” is never enough……. was exhausting.
A little while later I was reading a book to Lyla, and Owen was determined to crawl up on my couch and hear the story. “Move over, Gummy!” Lyla said again.
I was loving every moment of it, of course, but was exhausted on my way home. Just as soon as I got in the door, a text came from my friend that said, “Some wisdom from today’s devotional – My throne is not big enough for the two of us!” I laughed out loud thinking to myself, “Yeah, neither is my lap hardly big enough to bounce two grand babies!” And then I sat down, re-read the text and realized how timely it was.
The truth is, just as excited as both Lyla and Owen are to crawl up on my lap and hear a story, sing a song, or just get snuggled – I’m just as quick to jump up into God’s throne and tell HIM to move over!
There are circumstances in my life, and likely in yours as well – that just don’t seem fair. There are relationships that need healing, injustices to be dealt with, and so many other situations I try to control. So often I find my mind wandering, scheming up ways to help God out, or hurry Him along a bit! If only He would take my advice.
You see, I needed that text, because there are areas of my life where I’m busy trying to climb up into God’s throne so that I can just get things done right myself. And while I’m busy demanding that God “move over” and make room for me on His throne…..
He’s already got everything figured out, and He does not need my assistance OR my advice. (In fact, if He took my advice, things would likely not end very well!
So, I’m going back to the chair in the corner of my son and daughter-in-law’s living room, and I’m gonna bounce my babies on my knee and stay OFF the Throne of God. And I’m going to screen shot that text because I know, I just know – before long I’ll forget, and I’ll be climbing up there again trying to tell God to “Move Over!”
He’s got it all under control. All of it. Thank God…….
Oh, and thank you God, for not taking my advice!
” I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose, calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” Isaiah 46:9b-11 ESV