A few weeks ago, Kyle was on his way out the front door to go to work. He saw a rainbow and came back through the house to gather our little crew and take them outside for them to admire God's reminder in the sky.
After a reasonable session of Oohs and Aahs, he brought them back in and headed off to work.
The next week, Joel started out the back door on a perfectly clear morning. I said, "Where are you headed?"
"To see da wainbow."
"I'm sorry buddy, there is no rainbow today."
[dramatic pouty lip, overemphasized shoulder droop] "Why not?"
"Well, God didn't put one in the sky today. But you can ask him to."
"God, put a wainbow in da sky. [shoulder shrug hands open] He not."
Then, he did the most amazing thing after the slightest of pauses... he went about his day but with no less faith or enthusiasm. Joel didn't get upset.
Let me tell you, I have a few things on my list I think God ought to prioritize... a suitable house to rent, energy to face my day, patience to homeschool, more money, etc... I know that if He can part the sea and allow his children to pass on dry land, my list is pretty easy for the Creator of the Universe to just check off.
Many days, I think I get a gold star for moving on after a brief pause of disappointment. And some days, I can barely pick myself up off the floor because I can't go on without getting my way.
I hope I can re-learn to have the faith of a child. Like my really cute, chubby, 2 1/2 year old child, I can make my requests known to my Heavenly Father - who loves me and has my best intentions in mind - then trust that He is working all things for my good in His perfect timing. And just maybe, I'll learn how to not throw a fit when I don't get what I want when I want it.