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Monday, January 31, 2011

I Stomp My Foot

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Standing in the kitchen, a scene repeated through all six of my children, my youngest in age and stature stomps his foot in protest over my instructions.  As in the past, the child is not willing to submit to the loving, caring and wiser wisdom of his mother.  In his mind he knows what is right for him and, therefore, he boldly looks up at me with determination in his voice for me to yield my guidance in his life.

Each time I refrain myself from laughter.  Can he not see how much taller I am than he is?  Can he not understand that I weigh...well, let's say a couple of times more than him?  Can he not comprehend that standing in defiance is only going to make life rougher for him?  Can he not understand I only want what is best for him?

I gently correct...while watching this little man protest and refraining from the laughter this familiar scene evokes.

There I stand, stomping my feet, questioning the decisions of a mighty, loving, wise and faithful God.  I am breathing because He gave me breath.  I am standing questioning because He has chosen not to rebuke me by letting the ground open up and swallow me.  There I stand, not submitting to His authority in my life.

My mind goes back to the kitchen protest....doesn't God feel the same way about me?  Shouldn't I bow to the All-Mighty and submit? Instead, I so arrogantly stomp my feet.  He patiently waits for me to submit to His loving hand.  I pray I will learn to kneel instead to His Sovereignty without stomping my feet.

27 Joining in with more words:

Debbie said...

Oh Janette is this ever true...What a good anaolgy!! The difference now is that I KNOW I am occasionally stomping that foot, and how crazy it REALLY is as I KNOW He knows best, and yet I still find that foot stomping sometimes...sigh...the constant battle of the old nature...thanks for this reminder. Have a wonderful day! HUGS

Lisa said...

Janette,
I was just watching a T D Jakes DVD on submission! Could it be that God is trying to tell me something? LOL!

Farm Girl said...

thankfully, I don't stomp my feet at God like I did in the beginning. I always learned so much from my little ones and my relationship with God. That is such a good reminder.

Deborah Ann said...

Excellent comparison! I can see myself stomping my feet too. Questioning and rebelling against God's decisions. May He continue to have mercy on all of us stubborn creatures...

Sonja said...

oh to never stomp my foot again!! I love this Janette, and I can see that little man, just as I can see myself... such a perfect picture. I hope I won't forget it!

e-Mom said...

A marvellous analogy. Each one of us needs encouragement to trust and submit to the Lord every.single.day!

I love the sketch.

Blessings, Janette. ღ

Lady Rose said...

Janette,

Are you trying to give us another "Ouch Lesson" again? :)

It seems like we always find a way to stomp our feet at our loving Savior, but this obviously should not be happening.

Thanks for reminding us to learn to love our Lord's guidence instead of trying to "fight" it.

-Lady Rose

Theresa said...

Me too! Foot stomping is such a battle to overcome. I sometimes try so hard not to laugh when I am trying to be serious with my kids.

Sandy said...

It sometimes takes us years to
get over our foot stomping, just
as it does our little ones. I am
so thankful for God's love,patience,
and understanding. I can just see
your little guy there stomping
that little foot. He's such a cutie
pie I'd be laughing too.

myletterstoemily said...

man, you nailed this one! a real stomper,
i'd say.

when i'm not stomping, i'm usually whining.

convicted but still smiling at the image.

Gwen Toliver said...

I'm foot-stomping in a few areas right now - don't I know better than God? Why isn't He understanding what really should happen right now?

Thanks for this. We expect our children to submit to our authority and obey joyfully so it's hypocritical of me to respond with foot-stomping to my Savior. Like I said, thanks.

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi Janette
I have been away from your blog, and now that there is a bit of time for me, here I am spending time with you at your blog place.

Glad to be here!

Just finished reading your three recent posts including this one... you have the cutest pictures, Janette, that just bring to life the beautiful words of life that you share with us.

You are so right about being an Aaron or Hur for another person who needs our support as he fights on the battlefront. Not condemn when "adult kids" make wrong choices...

I have been refreshed in just being here at this time...

Thanks for being a blog friend to me, Janette.

Love
Lidj

His Song to Sing said...

Thanks for the wonderful reminder of our Sovereign God's position in relation to us. He must think I am so childish sometimes and not in the "child-like" ways he desires (humble, open, and honest.)

Thanks for following me. I already know I will be blessed by spending time here with you.

Lori

So, I Begin this Journey...... said...

Bravo!! I applaud this post strongly! Now when my teens "huff & puff" in protest...and I growl back at them....your post will bop me on the head back to reality. Thank you!!!

xoxox
Lis

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I have thought this often myself too. Who do I think I am, stomping my foot at God! I'm glad He has a sense of humor and lots of mercy, in spite of me :-)
Blessings,
Marcia

Lea said...

Isn't that the truth! It is so, so much easier to submit than stomp our feet. But, we seem to forget that so easily. Thanks for the great reminder and illustration.

Sweet blessings to you!

Stacy@hiswaynotmine said...

AMEN! As a stubborn girl, I am so thankful for God's grace and love. How I can be that kid in the kitchen. Praising God that the earth hasn't swallowed me up yet!

Love you!

In Him,
Stacy

Lorie said...

Another awesome post! You always help me grow through your wisdom.

Blessings

Vickie said...

Janette - now that we have older kids, do you not find that you really "understand" God the Father more? I do, I learn through parenting, how much more our Heavenly Father loves us, wants us to yield to Him and His authority out of love and respect for Him. I also learn about His forgiveness when I stomp my foot and demand my way, and of course His discipline. This realization dawns on me from time to time and makes me realize that tho my grown children stomp their feet sometimes, they, too, will learn through parenting the nature of their Father. It's just amazing to me the wisdom of a God who ties all things together perfectly. I just have no words to express my delight when these epiphanies come. I'm just thankful that they do!!! Great post!

I know it's hard not to laugh when our "littles" stomp their feet and pout!

partialemptynester said...

Oh, I love an example we can all relate to...the foot stomping! Oh, to learn not to stomp my feet in protest!

Carol said...

Oh, yes, Janette! I can relate. This is beautiful. I know how it feels as a mom when a little one stomps a foot. Now I have a wonderful picture of how God feels when I do it, and how silly and foolish it is.

Cascia said...

That is beautiful and I agree, very true! Sometimes we act like the little kid stomping his feet.

Sharon Kirby said...

It's embarrassing really, how often I've had a "spiritual tantrum."

And yet, God in His patience, still waits for me to calm down and return to receive HIS wisdom.

I love Job's response after God had appeared to him in the whirlwind -

"I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance."

And what did God do?

He BLESSED him.

What a mighty God we have - who endures our "foot-stomping," just waiting for us to calm down for the blessing!

GOD BLESS!

Karen said...

OMG Janette...I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post.. and oh how true..
I told my friend , regarding our move that I have stomped my feet, cryed, pouted,and on and on , and yet God told me,, I GOT THIS !!!so i did finally submit..and like you said he is probably looking down with a smerk,, and was waiting for me to give in..
Thank you my friend.. I love you and I love this post.. thanks for sharing..

Trisha said...

Janette,
How true this is! Often when I'm correcting my own children, God clearly shows me how I sin the very same way. How good He is to us!

lioneagle said...

Hi Janette -

I enjoyed this and how you worked it.

We all can learn from the lessons that you expressed here - indeed.

Thank you, Janette, for sharing this helpful reminder.

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