Frustrated

This morning at breakfast, Asher asked me to read the prayer of the day. I have a little calendar that I flip every morning. Today it was Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
And through the rivers,
They shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,
You shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.

I read that out loud and Asher sat quietly for a moment. Then he said,

So if I step in fire it won’t burn me?

I attempted to expound on the meaning of this verse in children’s language. Finally, I sighed, feeling like I was making no sense. Then Micah piped up.

Mom, I will just stay away from the fire, then I won’t be burned. That’s how God can take care of me.

Try explaining literal and figurative to a six-year-old and four-year-old. I decided to use the expression “I’m so frustrated I could tear out my hair.” Okay, not wise on two counts. First, my children reminded me, yet again, that I do not have any hair, so why would I say that? Once we worked through that little detail, Asher connected the dots and figured it out. I was impressed with his ability. Second reason? Well, keep reading…

Micah, on the other hand, only wanted to focus on the feelings. Darn middle child! He made a face at me and said,

Mom, this is frustrated.

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Sometimes you look like that. And sometimes you cry.

Sigh. Yep. Sometimes I do look like that, and sometimes, no really, a lot of times I cry. But I’m so thankful I have my family to make me laugh. And laugh we did while we sat around the table making frustrated faces for a while.

Here is Asher’s frustrated face (complete with grape all-fruit jelly).
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And here is Audrey’s. I hope this is always her frustrated face!
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Have I ever mentioned how my children warm my heart?

2 responses to “Frustrated”

  1. So funny! Delaney showed me a really crazy bright comforter at Target the other day, and I said, “That’s too loud for my taste.” She said, ” What are you talking about, mom? It can’t even talk!” I love you! MK

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  2. I remember listening to a sermon by Rob Bell where he talks about the books of Hosea and Amos. Rob Bell distinguishes the two book by saying that Hosea is about the heart while Amos is much more practical in the way he views life. This reminds me of Micah and Asher and how you described both of their responses to the Psalm. While Asher is very logical and practical, Micah cares about the heart and feelings. Neither is wrong, neither way of approaching life is better or worse. just different. a testament of the diversity of God’s people and the variety that God creates and enjoys amongst his people. We serve such a cool and awesome God.

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