“What are you doing, Mom? I can’t believe you would do that to your wind chimes!” pronounced my oldest son with great disgust.
“What are you talking about?”
“A hurricane is like the Super Bowl for wind chimes. I can’t believe you would deprive them of the most important experience of their lives!”
As Hurricane Irma approached, I moved all of my wind chimes into the garage. The idea was to keep them SAFE during the storm. I didn’t want them to be smashed into pieces. In addition, I certainly didn’t want them to be launched as projectiles at my house!
And yes, it’s true that wind chimes are supposed to rustle and make charming sounds in the wind. However, they aren’t made for hurricane-strength winds! In my wisdom, I deprived them of their “Super Bowl,” choosing to protect them from harm instead.
That’s how it is with us and God. [Note: I am in NO way claiming to be God or anywhere nearly as wise as God.]
But here’s the comparison:
We often think we know what we want: to land a certain job, to be able to turn a hobby into a full-time career, to move to a different city…..the list goes on. We often believe that whatever it is that we desperately want will be THE ULTIMATE…..the very best thing that could ever happen to us.
…..but in reality…..
God always knows what’s really best for us. And it may NOT be that thing that we so deeply desire. He may say NO and shelter us instead. God may even move us in the exact opposite direction. When this happens, it can be quite disappointing. Downright frustrating, even.
However, we must accept His perfect will. In fact, the thing that we covet or think we MUST have may actually be the worst thing in the world for us. And God chooses to protect us, which is so merciful. I’m so thankful He always acts in our best interest. Every time!