Lessons learned in my childhood about the love of God.
When I was a child I used to look forward to spending one on one time with my Dad. When we would have the time alone, one of the places he’d take me was to the toy store. I would be in awe, fascinated by all of the new toys on Aisle One.
My Dad knew some of the most expensive toys would be at my eye level and easily attainable in this aisle. He knew they would be shiny, expensive and sport other vivid colors. In spite of my fascination, my Dad would try to convince me that there are more choices and possibly toys I’d prefer better in the back of the store in Aisle Six. I was stubborn though and my Dad would endure my whining and finally let me choose the toy I thought I really wanted. He was quick to remind me that I can only have just one toy so I’d better make a good choice. His rule was one toy, one choice~That’s it! There were no substitutions or second thoughts. I remembered how I scanned the shelves at the front of the store, taking my time and examining each perspective toy as well as any eight year old could. Finally, I’d look up at him with a satisfied smile on my face holding up my prize. I was simply beaming. He asked me if I was sure this was the toy I wanted and was I told him I was absolutely sure the one I picked was right for me. I still didn’t want to explore the rest of the store and I told him I was happy with my choice.
After the cashier rung up my toy and bagged it for me, my father took me to the back of the store. I remember him holding my hand with a serious expression on his face. He walked me gingerly past aisle two, three, four and five. I thought this was a waste of time because I’d had my toy. I chose my treat. He stopped at Aisle Six. He was silent and just allowed me to look around. It was then I realized my mistake! I shouldn’t have been so lazy to not want to walk a bit further to the back of the store, shouldn’t have been so impulsive to pick up the first toy and shouldn’t have been so stubborn when Daddy suggested I wait. Aisle Six had better toys lining the shelves! They were more durable, better quality and more affordable.
The toys were more fun and offered in colors that appealed even more to me than the toy I chose from Aisle One. It was then that I regretted my decision to pick a toy so quickly. When my father saw my countenance fall he reminded me that I had only one chance to choose and I had to live with the choice of toy I held in my hands. What added insult to injury was that Aisle Six hosted an atmosphere of... peace? No crowds there or any commotion. I was then able to see that the toy from Aisle One was cheap, expensive and wouldn’t last any length of time for long-term fun. My limited experience didn’t allow me to see what would happen in the long run.
I learned from this experience with my Dad that day when answers are easily attainable doesn’t mean it is the best resolution to a problem. The toys or solutions may seem so easy to entertain when God isn’t in the decision making but ultimately it brings sorrow because it’s our own intellect that dictated the outcome. God’s blessings enhance us without adding sorrow to our lives. He only bestows good gifts to us when we acquire them the holy way and when we seek His direction for problem resolution.
Let us not move too quickly to find answers for life’s difficulties. We should always seek God for guidance and let Him help us with any decision, small or great. I thought I was being independent when I chose that toy from Aisle One with my Dad. Even though he knew I had a better toy waiting for me in Aisle Six, he allowed me to make my decision. He loved me enough to let me make that choice. He also required me to live my choice. We need to engage wisdom that is God given for every matter in order to live a successful Christian life. It is only then we can truly enjoy our time on earth and maintain our relationship with the Father. Let the Lord love you enough to expose you to the best He has in store. Don’t be so quick to find the quick fix. Let the Lord give you the God fix for life’s dilemmas. Take a long walk with the Father today. Let Him show you all He has for you. Whatever you need is probably in Aisle Six.
Dr. Denise Joyce Williams lives in Florida with her husband who is a career soldier. She's been writing since her teens with articles featured in CALLED and WOW magazine. Her book, "The Healing Of A Broken Vessel" was released by Publish America in March 2009. The book can be found: http://www.publishamerica.com and http://www.amazon.com. She's currently penning her next book entitled "The Chambers Of The Heart".