But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. (Psalm 86:15 ESV)
Teaching children requires patience. And a lot of it. It isn’t so bad when they are eager to learn, but when it is the LAST thing they are interested in, it can be almost impossible. We know that these lessons and skills are important for their lives, so it is easy to become frustrated at the resistance we receive. Don’t they know we are trying to help them?
As a parent I remember looking for those precious, teachable moments – especially as they entered the teen years. Those moments seem to become endangered species, and at one point I thought they had become extinct. But I’m finding that as my girls are growing into adulthood, those teachable moments return. They come seeking the wisdom of mom and dad when life gets too hard, even though they have YouTube and Google.
One of the sights that I find stirs my heart in this world is a parent patiently teaching a child. As we all know, when we first attempt a new skill, we often fail over and over before we have success. And then once successful, we still must practice over and over to master that skill. Imperfection is part of the refining growth process. It is to be expected, but with perseverance it is not a permanent situation.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)
Oh what a picture of God this is! He is the ever patient parent. Trying to show us what is in our best interest. Looking for those precious teachable moments in our lives. And as we age, we learn that coming to sit at His feet to allow Him to teach us is soooo good for us. The more mature we become in our faith, the more we desire time with Him.
You know that saying that “Youth is wasted on the young.”? It comes to mind here. But the reality is that God had good reason for giving all of that strength and vitality to the little ones. I wonder when we are given our heavenly bodies if we will once again have endless energy. I suspect we will. We weren’t created to fade away in this fallen state. I’ll tell you my three year old granddaughter can sure run circles around me. She seems to be a boundless ball of joy and energy. But she is learning a TON! Now at middle age, my energy doesn’t compare to hers, but neither does my wisdom. I’ve lived a lot of life and learned a lot from life – especially from my time with God. God can give even the littlest one wisdom beyond their years. He tells us in James 5 that if anyone of us lacks wisdom that we should ask God for it. He gives it generously to all who seek Him.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8 ESV)
Oh the wisdom that comes from above. Nothing compares. I hope you know it and ask God for more of it! Be convinced and believe that He will provide it. Be patient with those who are learning – even yourself. Be encouraged. Press on.