Today’s Gospel: Luke 11:29-32
Kids always ask “why.” We moms know to adapt our answer based on each child’s age and learning style. Accordingly, we make particular word choices, vary the length of the explanation, and maybe add a story or two to illustrate our point. When we get the combination correct, it’s like unlocking a vault: our lesson or request goes straight to our child’s heart.
However, that process can be exhausting; and everyone has her limit. After a sleepless night, or a too-full calendar, our well of patience can run dry. On those days, when we hear the inevitable “why,” we refuse the request to explain. “Because I said so, ” comes tumbling out of our mouth instead.
I think Jesus hit His limit in this scripture passage. Trying to teach people about His Father, He has adapted His approach to meet the different learning styles of His listeners: He’s told innumerable parables, healed many, commissioned His disciples to heal, calmed a storm, multiplied fishes and loaves, and taught the people the words to pray to God. Despite all that, they still demand a sign to confirm that they should follow Him. He refuses their request. In so many words, He too says, “Because I said so.”
There comes a point when our kids need to accept what we say or request just because we are their mother. They need to trust that we are wiser, see the big picture, and have their best interest at heart.
So too, there comes a point when we need to trust God, no signs or explanations required. Without a doubt, He is wiser, created the big picture, and always has our best interest at heart.
Do I ever get to the point where I want my kids to trust what I say simply because I say so? If so, does that help me understand that I need to have faith, simply because God says so?
Ever-patient God, bless me with the trust I need to step forward in faith, even when I don’t quite understand.
Copyright 2017 Claire McGarry
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