The other day I was driving down the road trying to get to a friends house. With my 3 kids in the back of the van being pretty quiet, you would have thought that I would have been paying attention to the road signs. Needless to say, I drove past my turn and had to turn around on another street. The kids started getting curious as to why mommy was turning around in an unfamiliar driveway. When I started to explain my mistake, my 2 year old started crying - I'm not talking about whimpering, but wailing! "What's wrong Ellie" I asked as I was trying to correct my driving mistake. Through torrential tears she says, "I don't want to go this way. I don't want to go this way." I was actually a little confused at first. Why would my child who has absolutely no sense of direction be giving me her opinion on where we needed to go? Especially since I had explained my mistake to them minutes before. She strongly continued on, "I want to go the other way." I started getting annoyed that she was dictating to me where to go when God spoke so loud to me. He said "You do the same thing. You throw a fit when I go down streets you don't want to go, even though it's the right way." I started thinking about how there was no difference between me and my child.
As believers, don't we stomp our feet and throw fits when God takes us down a path we don't want to go down, even though it's for our best - even though it gets us to the correct destination? We scream and kick the whole way despite the fact that His thoughts are NOT our thoughts and His ways are NOT our ways. We can't possibly fathom the good He has planned for us on the journey. He so desires that we just trust Him. He says to us, precious child "Trust in (Me) with all your heart and don't lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge (Me) and (I) will keep your path straight." Proverbs 3:5-6.
Just as I would have liked my little Ellie to sit quietly and trust that her mommy knew what was right, our Creator's goal for us is (as my mentor puts it) to sit back in His lap, eat our popcorn, and watch how He works it all out.