Out of Reach
Never mind “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, life is extremely busy just keeping up with the Johnson girls. We are 9 1/2 months old and we spend our days crawling, standing, attempting to walk, playing with Daddy’s iPad and currently chewing on our doggie’s bone. We are everywhere and in everything! Life has gone to another level. It is so much fun seeing life through their eyes and as exhausting as it can be, I truly love this season of being a mommy.
Kennedi and Brooklyn are their daddy’s girls. They love iPads, iPhones, lap tops and anything media. The other day as we were playing, Kennedi noticed mommy’s lap top which was of course a whole lot more exciting then her pretend cell phone. (yes they know the difference) As she reached for it, I moved it just slightly out of reach. For the next few minutes I watched as she tried everything in her power to get to my lap top. I attempted to distract her with something else and before I knew it, she had moved on and was unpacking her diaper bag. For your protection.
A moment like this happens just about every five minutes, whether I am drying their wet hands from splashing in the dog’s water bowl, pulling them out from the cupboards or moving things out of their reach. I am not trying to be a mean mommy to my love bugs when I do, but in actuality I am being a good one. Kennedi wasn’t reaching for my lap top in hopes to send out a few e mails and post a few status updates. She wanted to take my lap top and put it in her mouth. I move things out of reach not to punish them but to protect them.
I’m a lot like my daughters. There are things that I want so desperately but God has moved them just slightly out of reach for my protection. Not because He is a mean God and doesn’t want me to have certain things, but it’s because He loves me and knows that I don’t quite know what to do with them yet. Maybe for you it is a husband or a wife you are believing God to bring you. You know that he or she is out there but right now God has moved that relationship out of reach. Maybe it’s a promotion at your job that you want desperately but for some reason it just hasn’t landed in your hands quite yet. Whatever “it” might be, God has strategically placed “it” just outside your reach for a reason. Not to punish you but to protect you. When my girls understand that cell phones are for talking and bones are for dogs I will no longer have to keep those things out of their reach. But until then this place is baby proof. TRUTH: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11 DARE: Trust God when He moves something out of reach.