My 2 year old has no problem with numbers or the pronunciation of Romanian vocabulary, but the kid is not great with colors.

I was working with her on the color blue recently and when I asked her to tell me what it was, she says:

“Orange.”

“No, sorry Aurelya, it’s not orange. Try again, what is it?”

*deep voice* “Orange.”

“Still not orange. What color is this?”

*whispered* “Orange.”

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. Now, I’d say my kid is just the right amount of crazy, and certainly not insane- so why couldn’t she get that I had said no? Why couldn’t she leave her answer and move on to something else?

When I asked myself this question, there was a slight spiritual nudge that forced me to look inward and I saw exactly where my daughter gets her tendencies. How often do we refuse to let go of the answers we offer up to God?

“I know so-and-so and I would be perfect together. It’s definitely meant to be.”

“This job is the perfect fit. I need it. It only makes sense.”

Or let’s take things one step further:

“I want to be a mother so badly, clearly that’s something I am destined for.”

“I am tired of being sick. God, heal me already!”

The hard fact of the matter is that sometimes our best laid plans are not the same as His. And when it comes down to it, the plans He lays are ALWAYS better. He sees the big picture. To God, the path to our best future is clear. So, why is it so hard for us to accept God’s “no”? Why, when God assures us that blue is not orange, do we keep insisting? Well, why did Israel keep rebelling against God despite everything He had done for them? Why did Paul say in Romans 8 that he continually wrestled against the desires of his flesh, even though he knew better? We are fallen creatures in need of a Savior. We want what we see as good, even when good doesn’t mean best.

It’s not only toddlers and teenagers that insist on their own way, it’s all of us. And it’s not something we had to learn, we are born into sin. So whether God is correcting your colors, or closing a door on something you’ve come to desire very badly- I want to assure you friend that He loves you, He knows the desires of your heart, and His plan is for your good, always.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11, NIV

What is it in your life that you have been insisting is orange – even after God has told you it’s not? What might happen if you humbled yourself today and let God teach you about the color blue?

 

Praying for you always,

Summer Shepherd

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