“Blessed is the man whom the Lord corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty”.
Over the years the Lord has used my children many times to deliver a much needed message to me. Like the day Caleb informed me I was more like Martha than Mary. Or the time Avery reached over and touched my arm (while I was in the middle of a meltdown) and said, “Mom, I think we need to pray.” Or one of the many occasions both of them have asked, “Mom, did you forget to do your devotions today?” It never ceases to amaze me how God uses them to open my eyes to something I need to see… and though it hurts sometimes, I am always thankful when He does.
About a month ago He used Avery once again, and it actually put the fear of God in me! We were visiting Rainbow Christian bookstore so I could shop for a new Bible. While waiting patiently, Avery stepped a few feet away to look at the display of devotionals. After a minute or so she picked up the Jesus Calling one and opened it to that days reading. She walked over to me and said, “Here Mommy read this”. Of course, I was so engrossed in my search for the perfect Bible that I was actually a little frustrated. I really didn’t want to stop, especially since we have this book at home and I could read it later if I wanted to. Nonetheless, I did stop and I began reading.
The first few words caught my attention so much that I grabbed the book from Avery’s hands so I could make sure I was seeing it correctly. I read the entire entry three times. I am not sure that I have ever experienced a reverential fear like I did that day. It was, without a doubt, a divine appointment for me. I had been struggling for quite some time with the very thing this particular entry was referring to. In fact, so much that it was consuming my thoughts and taking my focus off of God.
For those of you who are not familiar with this book, it is written as though God is speaking right to you. Many of the entries are spoken from a loving, gentle Father expressing how much He loves His child. However, this one was not. This day, the voice was from a loving but stern Father that was correcting His child. It couldn’t have been more direct and because of the way this book is written I felt as though God was saying to me, “I am tired of talking to you about this Melody, so stop doing it…now!”
As much as it rattled me, I also felt incredibly blessed that I have a heavenly Father who loves me so much that He would go to such great lengths to minister to me so directly. Just as our children need correction, often we do too. I needed a good stern talking to and His message came across loud and clear. I have often wished He would just send me an email or a fax when I have been struggling with something… I think I came pretty close that day!
Thank you Lord for loving me enough to correct me.