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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Please Just Try It ...

While spending some time recently with my 2-year-old grandson and his parents, I was able to catch, on video, just a little clip of a conversation that could have been a conversation between me & my teenagers, or - more symbolically - between me & our Heavenly Father. Before I grabbed the video the conversation went something like this:
Mommy: Now that it's not hot anymore you can just drink it from the cup
Gage: no
Mommy: Augustus Gloop didn't use a spoon with his chocolate river
Gage: Augustus Gloop used a spoon
Mommy: You'll like it better if you drink it from the cup.
Gage: I don't like it better from cup.
You get the idea ... It reminded me of recent talks with my teenagers at home.
So all this got me thinking about how stubborn I've been in my life. How often I imagine Heavenly Father saying to me:
Denalee, trust me. I know what will bring you happiness.
Me: No. I know what I want. I know what makes me happy. Please, please, PLEASE let me have my way.
Heavenly Father: I only want your happiness. Please trust me.
And then He lets me decide. And often, like Gage, I only get little tastes of what I really want because I refuse to let go of the spoon. But sometimes I set down my comfortable spoon, and even though I'm scared - take a big drink out of the cup. And then! and then I am FILLED with delicious goodness - and I wonder how I could ever have doubted.


  1. Great insight, Denalee. I haven't thought of it that way but you are spot on. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Mmmmmm. You're so right about all the times we're sooooo 'wrong.'

    What a wise, loving God I serve!

  3. This is so profound and I can relate on every level. Great post!

  4. This is a great analogy of how we are with God! It made me think of the verse, "At his right hand are pleasures forevermore."

  5. As in Gage's case, we would rather be "safe" than trust our Father. It's a hard choice to make every time we face it.

  6. What a really insightful analogy that is! I, too, know of the many times I have felt to 'counsel the Lord'. Puny little me! I need to develop more trust in Heavenly Father. Thanks for the sweet, gentle reminder.
    Love you Tons!

  7. The way my little one will take a leap of faith often inspires me!