“Do you really want me to take life away?”
the instant those words, so quickly crafted in my head, hit the air, I recognized the humor and the spiritual connotation to the matter at hand and had a complete epiphany.
It started with my daughter, 10 years old, coming down the stairs a few days after Christmas, still recovering from the onslaught of sugar and family visits, rubbing the sleep from her eyes and so innocently exclaimed “I love Life!” Referring to the new Game of Life we had gotten for Christmas and played multiple times in a row since. I gently reminded her that she had chores to do before she could play, and she began to pout and fuss and stew and I knew exactly what was brewing inside of her. A tantrum. Oh the joy.
Before she could get too far into it, I reminded her that she has a choice in her behavior and their are consequences for disobedience. Firmly and deliberately asking “do you really want me to take Life away? Just do what I told you to do and then I can play Life with you.”
And it hit me. Of course this is not new information, just suddenly over-simplified and extremely clear for my tired and overwhelmed mom life brain… It was as if I could hear God laughing and saying, “you sound like me! Hahahahaha”
I couldn’t help but laugh. And my daughter laughed. She had no idea that I was relating her discipline to our Heavenly Father’s parenting techniques at that moment but she still appreciated the silliness in my statement which was adorable and vital to staving off the fit.
Back to God though… it’s that simple. He just wants us to do what we’re supposed to do so we can play Life with Him!
Our eternal life only requires obedience. Accept Christ. Be Christ-like. Follow God.
Seems so simple now doesn’t it?
Oh my goodness it was like I’d been given the answer to the 64 million dollar question.