A Toddler in the Eyes of God

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Kelly Guest

Kelly Guest

Editor’s note: Today, we welcome a new friend — Kelly Guest — to our CatholicMom.com family of contributors. Kelly has a fascinating life story and a beautiful family. I know we’ll learn much from her sharing! Please join me in welcoming her to our site. LMH

Whoever coined the phrase “terrible two’s” did not have a three year old… yet. If two’s are terrible, three’s can be atrocious. I know, because I have a three year old. He is my ninth one, and he is the worst one thus far. (I only say this because he is the one I have to deal with right now.)

A Toddler in the Eyes of God

A Toddler in the Eyes of God

For instance, just the other day he asked for a snack. Since it was not long after breakfast and too early for snack, I had to tell him, “No, not yet.” Then, it began building up – the tantrum. I could see it coming. In an effort to head it off, I got down to his level to look him in the eyes and explain that he will be able to have a snack, but he had to wait a bit longer because the time was not yet right. However, it did no good. His face turned red and tears even began to flow. The hands were flailing and the cries were wailing.

As I was placing him on time-out, it dawned on me – in the eyes of my Heavenly Father, I am a toddler. Do I not behave similarly, in a spiritual way, when He does not answer my prayers promptly or in the way I want Him to answer? Yes, I can throw a spiritual fit alright!

Sometimes, as I am praying and praying for a certain intention, I become weary and emotions start taking over. In an effort to head off my spiritual tantrum, Jesus bends down to my level and assures me, “Whatever you ask the Father, He will give you in my name” (John 16:23). Like a parent trying to help a child to understand, Jesus says it over and over again. In just three chapters of John’s Gospel, chapters 14, 15, 16, He reiterates six times that whatever we ask, He will do.  We need only to trust in His promise and be persistent in our prayer.

Patient perseverance in prayer is important. St. Luke shares two of Jesus’ parables with us on the need to keep asking.  Luke 11: 5-8 recounts the story of a neighbor who attended to a friend in need because of the man’s unrelenting request. Luke 18:1-8 tells how a corrupt judge gave a widow justice not necessarily because it was her due, but because she was so persistent. God knows when the time is right to grant us our desire. Until then, He likes for us to keep talking to Him. “Never cease praying” (2 Thes. 5:17); never stop asking Him for whatever you need.

Whatever you do, do not put yourself on time-out, facing a wall with your back towards God. When the time is right, your Heavenly Father, who knows your needs even before you ask, will give it to you. Have faith in Him. “For the vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint; if it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late” (Hab. 2:3). So keep praying, and thank Him for what you are assured He will do for you.

Copyright 2013 Kelly Guest

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God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities’ program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.

41 Comments

  1. Welcome, Kelly! And thank you for your beautiful post (and a great reminder today to pull myself out of time out and start asking in prayer!). Thank you!

  2. I admire Kelly! I see her at family functions..My youngest is married to her brother. I enjoy being with her & her family. She’s doing a terrific job! The same with that daughters family. (May I say my favorite ones) It’s the training etc . Some of my other children’s kids are not doing well at all & are not even pleasant being with sometimes. Partially its due to lack of religion etc.
    Kelly,Thanks for reminding me that I should continue praying & not giving up on some of my 15 grand children.

  3. Lynn Szymanski on

    Congratulations Kelly!
    I know your contributions to Catholic Mom will be an inspiration to all Moms…
    St. Bartholomew’s Parish is blessed with you and your children as involved parishioners and as our assistant to our Youth Ministry program.
    Looking forward to reading your articles!!!

  4. Dear Kelly, I sweet friend told me about your blog so I decided to drop by to check it out. I will be dropping in often and now that I have gotten a little taste I want a full meal!
    It is wonderful to have inspiring reading. Thank you.

    • I am glad you liked it. CatholicMom.com has lots of good writers with many wise insights and holy inspiration. And it is important to “eat right”! Glad to have introduced you to the site. Thank your friend for me.

  5. Dear Kelly:
    Just wanted you to know how proud I am to know you and how much you and your family inspire me.
    Your friendship over so many years has meant so much to me.Having worked with you at Fatima and knowing you and your family as I do, it is exciting that you are sharing your story and experiences. I am sure that someonw will see the story you have to tell and be moved to put it in print.
    Wishing you and yours all of the best. Peace and Blessings……Bob

    • Bob, I am going to be like that little, old widow in Jesus’ parable until you are back home and running around Fatima again. Get well. And, as always, thanks for your kind words.

  6. Kelly,
    What a very thought provoking post. I often fell like a rebellious teenager in the spiritual sense, but if I am honest with myself I can also see the many tantrums had have thrown. I look forward to your other post and exploring this website further. I will be certain to pass the website along to my friends; we can all use a little inspiration and encouragment. God bless!

  7. Kelly, congratulations on your first article. Thank you for sharing such a thoughtful insight. I am very thankful God has provided this resource for you to share the wisdom and experience you have gained through your life experiences and your walk with our Lord. I looking forward to reading more of your posts and I am glad you are getting to share them with the world! Thanks to catholicmoms.com for adding such a wonderful writer. Keep the posts coming!

  8. Kelly,
    Thank you for the reminder of the power of prayer!!! As a father myself, I know how much I love my children and want the best for them. How much more does our heavenly Father love His children and want the very best for them!!! Looking forward to future post.

    • Thanks, Will. God does want the best for your children – heaven. It is so much better than anything we could ever give them! Keep blessing them and telling them of God’s great love!

  9. Thank you for sharing, Kelly! Your post certainly goes right to the heart! Thank you for the wonderful encouragement, God Bless!

    • Thank you, Teresa, for your support. I know you know where I am coming from! May we continue to grow in the faith.

  10. Hi Kelly, I enjoyed how you brought a common everyday occurrence with your child having a tantrum into a very well written explanation as to how Jesus sees us as toddlers. I agree that we need to all have patience and faith that Jesus is fully aware of all of our needs. Great comparison from a truly inspiring mom! My family enjoys all of the Guests. Kelly, keep up your great works and I look forward to your next article!
    Kathy 🙂

  11. Uncle Bob Leister on

    Dear Kelly,
    You certainly are an inspiration to all of us. It has been wonderful to have you for a niece. I am happy that I have some inspiration in me and have contributed to your book.
    Good Luck,
    Uncle Bob

    • Thank you, Uncle Bob. Your title for my upcoming book is awesome! I appreciate all the support and love you and Aunt Dot have always shown me. God bless you.

  12. karen ann reed on

    Kelly, this is SO exciting, I have missed U & our talks, for SO long, will U be posting daily? This will be such a tremendous Blessing to me, & Im sure many people. Jesus has truly given U a talent/gift to help people, May Our Lord Bless U & your Family, with Love, Karen

    • My blogs will appear the first Wednesdays of the month. However, I will have an extra one this month on Tuesday. I’ll let you know if I post any other extras. Thanks, Karen, for checking my blog out. I miss you guys, too. And my childen miss Cole. We want to meet your beautiful grandbaby!

  13. Nice post Kelly and good reminders of daily, moment prayer! You know my children, and know prayer is a very important part of life, marriage and parenting. Constantly I am reminded of Bl. Lawrence who found God in the kitchen, laundry, etc. Doing everything for the love of God, is one way to grow in holiness…or try at least!:)

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