Thursday, October 16, 2008

For Whom the Bell Tolls (part 2)

The following days Caleb interjected concerns about the looming dentist visit that was weighing heavy on his mind.

"Mom, I should have listened.  Now I understand that you were trying to help me and save me from having to go through this. I wish I would have really listened and I'm sorry it will cost you so much money."

Mindful of his precarious position between self-absorbed pity and true godly sorrow, I proceeded with discernment.

"Caleb, we have the cost covered, that is not something you can bear or have the resources to cover.  However, I need you to be a big man and walk through these dental repairs with courage.  I also need you to remember that many times the counsel and warnings I give you, you will not fully understand at the time they are given.

 There is a way that seems right to a man, 
but in the end it leads to death.  Proverbs 14:12

But I do. You then have to choose if you will rely on your own limited understanding and wisdom or my greater understanding and perspective."

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

"Yes, mom, I understand that better now."

"Good, Caleb."

Enough said today.  More sober simmering.

Can you think of times of regret when you have relied upon your own understanding or limited perspective, instead of His? 

Or perhaps the converse.  Have you known the joy of trusting Him when your understanding would have taken you in a different, more short-sighted direction?

1 comment:

  1. Bless his little heart, your pocket book, and that dentist. :) You are a wise, wonderful mom!


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