Readings: Job 33:12-17, Ephesians 4:14-18, Matthew 6:5-15
No Thank You
Our daughter has a student that learned a new phrase. She told him, “It’s time to come in from recess,” and he said, “No. Thank you anyway.” She said it was time to start math, and he said, “No. Thank you anyway.” She had to respond, “This is not a choice, Friend. Come with me.” Then they would move on to the next part of their day, sometimes with a little temper tantrum, but she had to get him to work at the next planned thing. His phrase and his attitude were so similar to my own lately, I felt convicted as soon as our daughter shared the story. In my heart, I know I’ve said, “No. Thank you anyway,” to the Lord recently. You know, you have to be polite to your Teacher, but you definitely want Him to hear the No before the politeness. Our church and school are going through one of our biggest challenges ever. Many people I know are going through enormous challenges in their personal lives at the same time. I don’t want these things to happen. I talk to God and say, “No. Thank you anyway.” And God, loving teacher that He is, responds like our daughter, “This is not a choice, Friend. Come with Me.” So I throw a little tantrum, and it does not faze Him. He takes my hand and we have to work toward the next planned thing. I don’t know what the next planned thing is, but the Teacher knows. I am truly sorry that I ever say No to my Teacher, and I am eternally grateful that He understands my heart and forgives me. God bless us all as we talk to our Teacher and abide with Him. In time may I learn to pray Thank You, instead of No, Thank You anyway.