Acting your age

By , November 21, 2011

“I have yet many things to say unto you,
but you cannot bear them now.”
John 16:12

Yesterday I took one of my four grandsons to the Science Center in Toronto. What an amazing place to explore the wonders of our world and the laws that govern our universe. He is 8 years old and very bright for his age. When we went to the many interactive booths to push buttons, pull levers, step on other things, all he wanted to do was get a reaction from the experiment we were operating.

My grandson wanted to witness the results of the scientific laws as many things happened when we interacted with the experiment. Because of my great love for physics and how things work in our world I was set to explain to him the scientific laws behind the amazing results of the experiments. We witnessed the Doppler effect, Newton’s 3 laws of motion, we saw the uses of each kind of lever, and so on.

My feeble attempts to get him to stay with any one interactive experiment long enough to understand what was happening failed miserably. All he wanted was entertainment and “magic” as things thought to be impossible happened when we pushed this button or pulled that lever.

I soon gave up and said to myself that this trip of ours was for his pleasure not mine. I simply made sure I kept him in view as he darted from one thing to another. I was sorry that I could not teach him some things about our wonderful universe yesterday. But I consoled myself with the thought that some day he will desire to understand how things work and I hope to be there to help guide him into learning about the world we occupy.

Parents show wisdom in recognizing limitations their children have and trying not to exceed the abilities of their children at specific ages. Most people act their age. At a party it is appropriate for a 5 year old girl to come into the living room of her home and twirl around and ask the guests to comment on her pretty dress. However it is most unacceptable for her mother to do the same thing.

The verse today demonstrates the loving parental attitude of our Lord toward His own people. He understands perfectly what we can and cannot understand at each stage of our journey through life. Jesus is never demanding things of us that it is impossible for us to perform because we have not grown in grace to that extent.

Nothing comes across the path of one of the Good Shepherd’s sheep that they are not ready to accept. Jesus is the Good  Shepherd. He will never reveal anything, or cause any difficulty to come our way that we have not been prepared by Him to accept. The Psalmist has well put the matter when he said Psalm 103:14 “…he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (NIV).

If you love the Lord today and are in some great life issue, never forget that your Father in heaven understands exactly what you can and cannot bear, He will give you the grace to endure. Come today and find in Him all the help you need. Remember that He will not give you anything you cannot bear.

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