Pondering: Life Lessons

This morning my daughter is doing her math. She’s seven, and she is learning something new, and it’s not easy. It’s challenging, and she doesn’t want to do it.

I am also going through a lesson, but of a different kind, one that has lasted for a very long time. It’s not comfortable, and it’s not easy. It’s a life lesson, and I am not sure if I have been digging in my heels, refusing to do the work, or if God has just been giving me an in-depth lesson that takes time for my finite brain to grasp. At any rate, here I am–stuck–until I can figure it out, and advance to the next one.

So when my daughter told me she just didn’t want to do her math, I told her how life doesn’t let us just give up. I shared with her that when she gets to be my age, lessons aren’t in books anymore. They are part of our life. The lesson is always there, waiting until we are ready to finish it. It doesn’t go away just because we don’t feel like it, or because we ignore it. We don’t get to advance and move on to new things until we go through the lesson that is in front of us. If we were able to skip the lesson, we would be missing important information that we need for the lessons ahead.

I told her that I know she can do her math, and that I wouldn’t ask her to do something she wasn’t capable of accomplishing. So too, our Heavenly Father never gives us lessons that are too hard for us, and He doesn’t leave us alone. He is there watching over us, available when we ask for help, and His Spirit encourages and cheers us on.

Just as we love to see our children do well and figure something out like math, God desires to see us succeed, to see us smile when we have completed our lesson, and rejoices with us when we finish well.

God is about changing our hearts and helping us see who He has made us to be. So don’t give up; don’t give in. Keep running the race, dear friends.

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Messiah Yeshua.” Philippians 3:14

Love and Light,