|Posted by Denise Daisy on September 12, 2014 at 10:15 AM|
Perfect Pumpkin Patches
It was a beautiful fall day in Southern California, so I decided to surprise my daughter Journey, and take her to a pumpkin patch. This was no ordinary pumpkin patch, this was the pumpkin patch of all pumpkin patches, complete with jump houses of every size, train rides, super slides, hay bale mazes, tons of goodies to eat, and yes, there were thousands of pumpkins!
Journey had never seen the pumpkin patch and I couldn’t wait to surprise her. I had one brief stop to make first. I was meeting a friend at a local church to pick up information on an upcoming event. When I arrived, I was asked if I could wait a few minutes. It was a beautiful morning and Journey immediately spotted a small playground on the property and wanted to swing. It wasn’t’ much of a playground, just an old swing set, a rundown merry-go-round and a weathered sandbox. But, she wanted to swing and we had a little time, so I took her to play.
After a few minutes, the person I was to meet, joined us at the playground, passed me the information and now it was time to go to the pumpkin patch. But Journey didn’t want to leave. She wanted to stay at the old playground. I tried explaining to her, how we were going someplace better, but her mind just couldn’t conceive a better place. She begged and cried to stay at the run down playground, believing nothing could top where she was. I have never given my daughter a reason for not trusting me. I have always provided her with the best. I’ve never said no when I could say yes, so I was saddened by her lack of trust. She didn’t want to take the risk that there was something better, so she cried and demanded we stay. And, we did.
As sad as it was, I realized this is how we are with God. Our Father has plans for us, and most time he likes to surprise us with them. God is present future; he comes to us where we are, and tells us where he is taking us. It should be a thrill, but many times we get enamored with where we are, and lose faith in his ability to take us someplace better. We do not take the risk and in not taking the risk we miss out.
I didn’t punish Journey for her lack of faith in my ability to take her someplace wonderful. Neither did I force her to adhere to my plan. The day was for her, not for me, and she had made her choice. I allowed her to stay and play because she was having fun, even though I knew she would have a blast somewhere else. It was her choice. We played for a while and then went home.
Romans 12:2 tells us, not to be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Did you notice three wills there? A good will, a pleasing will, and a perfect will.
We need to renew our mind so we can discern or differentiate between the three. Many times God wants to take us to the pumpkin patch but we insist in hanging on to the little run down play ground. We have a good life when in fact he planned for us to have a perfect life.
Journey did eventually make it to the pumpkin patch but it was a year later when she had matured and her confidence in me had grown.
Let my Journey inspire your journey. It’s time to mature and have confidence in the One who has your best interest in His heart. He has from the beginning of time. Have faith and allow Him to lead you out of your little playground. Trust Him; His plans for you are amazing!