My little guy and I don’t exactly see eye to eye on his jumper. Although he will bounce blissfully in one just like at the church nursery or Noni’s house, the one at home falls pretty low on his “happy to do today” list. Sometimes though, I just get desperate. Something else has to get done and he needs a safe place to play. Ninety-nine percent of the time the something I have to do either directly or indirectly involves HIS care and well being, but that’s beside the point in his mind. To him, mom has walked away and is ignoring him while he is stuck, bored, and frustrated somewhere he doesn’t want to be. He doesn’t realize that I’m actually meeting some need of his and keeping him in the safest place possible while doing so.
I’ve wondered how many times I’ve taken this attitude with God. I’ve felt stuck somewhere I didn’t want to be and frustrated that He wasn’t responding the way I wanted and getting me out! I’ve failed to realize that He is likely meeting some need of mine that is beyond my understanding. He is doing something I can’t see or comprehend and He has me in a safe resting spot while He does it. The ironic thing is the bouncer, like the spiritual places we find ourselves in, actually has plenty of fun and excitement at hand. If baby Ace stops fussing for mommy long enough, he eventually realizes that he can play with the different activities and enjoy where he is while he waits for me to move him to the next adventure. We can learn to trust where God has us and make the most of it if we can choose to believe that He keeps us safe and is not ignoring us, but actively and constantly working on our behalf.
Disclaimer: I’m a Christian, so this article is coming from that perspective. I hope people of any faith can enjoy!