Today my, almost 3 year old, son wanted some candy. I told him, "You can have that later, Miles."
"I need it now, mommy." He replied in a very sweet voice.
"Later sweetheart, after lunch." I said.
"Please, I need it mommy. I need it now." He said trying to convince me this was a life or death matter.
"Mommy said, 'After lunch' Miles, you need to be patient." I said in more of a firm voice.
"PLLEEEAAASSEEE mommy, can I have it now?" he said back.
At this point I thought to myself: just ignore him, I gave him my answer and he can just wait till after lunch. (Which after lunch we both forgot about the candy ;-) )
"Mommy did you hear me? I need candy." He said, realizing I was not saying anything back.
I continued with my long to do list today and thought to myself: Is this how God feels about us when we continue to nag about something? Maybe God gives us the answer: wait or later. But that's not good, so we keep on asking, "Lord, PLEASE! I need this!"
Maybe He has said wait and then He is silent. He gave His answer and He sees no need in trying to make us see why waiting is the best thing for us.
I am not comparing my mothering style to God, but it's amazing how often God shows Himself to me through my own children!!