Because I Said So!

I promised myself I would not be that parent. Everything I did would for my children’s benefit, and I would calmly, rationally explain why. Then the why’s began, and after the forty millionth, I caved. Okay, more like forty. But, really, if you think about it, why do they need to know why? Children, don’t need to know everything – why do I have to clean my room?, why do I have to eat my vegetables?, why do I have to learn long division?…and on and on. BECAUSE I SAID SO.

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God is the same. Why must we question Him, over and over, and over? We will never fully comprehend the mysteries of God, but we still try.  Amid the chaos of our lives, there must be some purpose, some enlightening truth that God wants to reveal, some morsel of information that is critical to our development as a person. Well? Why, God? BECAUSE I LOVE YOU.

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No anger, no frustration, no 40 millionth question that causes brain malfunction and core meltdown. Just Love. The kind of Love that can answer 40 million questions all the same way, knowing that our limited minds could never comprehend the intricately woven tapestry of our lives, tracing each strand right back to Him.

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I say to my children, ‘Because I said so’, hoping they will trust that my plans are good for them.  It’s only fair that I should also trust God’s plans are good for me, surrendering to His will. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) It’s comforting to be like a child, trusting God to take care of you. And He will, BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU.

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