I was busy working in the kitchen and Christopher was wondering around relocating shoes, exploring, putting small things inside of big things or some other important task. He was going about his business happily when I heard something falling and then cries of anger. I came out of the kitchen to find a boy paralyzed with frustration. The baby gate had fallen over from it’s perch against the wall. He was not trying to move it, he just was dramatically crying, sure he was doomed to a life imprisoned in the hallway.
“Son, try to fix it. Don’t let something so small control you and make you give up.”
I helped him with the gate and he went about his merry way. There were shoes to relocate and new nooks to discover. I went back to my work relocating dishes and discovering new dirt.
Something about his little display really disturbed me. It looked uncannily like something I had done the day before. Something had gone wrong, something so insignificant I can’t even remember what it was, and it had effected my entire day. I let it have dominion over me and control me. Something small and insignificant. But my actions of frustration and anger were not.
When we encounter trials, even a baby gate blocking our way, we have two choices. We can take it to God and learn patience and endurance or let it bind us. When we can serve so great a GOD why let small things win? Our GOD is greater and stronger then any other and through his strength all things are possible.
Let us not forget we serve a loving GOD. A great GOD. HE alone is worthy of our moments, our days, our lives.