Nahum And the Toddler

I was having my devotion time this morning and praying for things I seem to keep praying for and worrying about.  I give things to the Lord and it seems as if I am like a toddler… give it away and then go take it again.

When my daughters were younger we would tell them to share their toys when other toddlers visited.  They had good intentions and to be nice they would share and let them play with toys with this “I’m-not-so-sure” look on their face.  But we would encourage them and thank them for giving up their toy and as they watched every move the “guest toddler” made with it.  They eventually would decide enough was enough and they would go and grab the toy back.

I am so much like the “toddler giver”.  I give things over to the Lord in my quiet time and my prayer time and then I wake up and go take it back.  I think I need ownership of it.  It’s as if I tell God, “let me have it back.  I let you have it for a while but enough is enough.  I’m taking it back”.  That’s a crazy way of thinking!

One of the verses in my devotions this morning was Nahum 1:7.  I have to admit that I didn’t even remember that book in the Bible.  But I apparently have read it before because I have markings in the little 3-chapter book but I sure don’t remember it.  The verse of the day for me was found in this book, chapter 1 verse 7:  “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in Him.”

We face troubles every day so finding the Lord as a refuge in time of trouble is a peace we can have every day because He cares for those who trust in Him.  You can have my troubles, Lord.  I don’t want to be like a toddler and take them back.  I know you care for me and I trust in You… even when I toddle around like a 3-year-old!

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