Had to scold Daniel this morning. Again. I would not call this the terrible twos although he is definitely testing his boundaries. Every time he crosses a line and disobeys us, we have the opportunity to demonstrate the Good News. What a privilege!
Disobedience is usually followed by a warning and then a spank on the bum/2 minute time out if he repeats the offense. But what a beautiful thing it is afterward to be able to sit and talk him through what just happened.
Our neighbor has a support beam under their deck that is about a centimeter too short. It swings free. (thank the builders for that one) It just got discovered (during the episode of the great burning bush) and is getting taken care of...but Daniel was pushing on it this morning. Sarah told him to stop and not to do that again. Well he did. Spank. Time Out. Tears. Dejection.
When I spoke to him about what happened he told me that he wanted to push the beam. I heard words of Truth for my own life come out of my mouth as I said, "Sometimes we have to obey even when we don't understand why." How often has God led me down a path I didn't like, and I grumbled about it? Or fought in the opposite direction like Jonah? Too often.
I asked Daniel once today (different infraction) if he knew why he got spanked.
"Is a con-se-kense," he whimpered.
"Yes, buddy, it's a consequence for not obeying."
"Daniel need tell Mommy sorry."
"That would be very nice to do."
He's two. But it's not terrible, it's wonderful. Lessons of sin and grace and consequence and unconditional forgiveness are happening every day all around him...and TO him! He's already told me, "Jesus have ow-ee on hands and toes" and "Jesus died on cross so I can go Heaven" and two nights ago he had a dream that Jesus was in his room and called him over and Daniel gave him a big hug. :D I don't know what God is doing in my little boy's life, but I'm grateful that He is.
Take the time to see the Gospel at work in your everyday lives, whether it's your kids or your own.