take your ball and go...

the other day, we went to the park with some friends. as we were leaving, my friend, erin, found a ball that had been left there, and it ended up in the backseat with jesiah.

jesiah couldn't wait until his big brother and sister got home to play with him with his new ball. i \think the kids were outside maybe five minutes before i heard screaming from jesiah. the big
kids were taking control of the ball and they were not playing with it like jesiah wanted them to. just minutes later, the screaming became tears and i found jesiah sitting on the back porch steps crying with his ball in his lap.

he had enough and decided it was time to take his ball and go. jesiah was done fighting over his ball, done trying to make the big kids play with him in the way he wanted to play. he was tired of fighting for his way and for what he wanted. he was making his statement. he was done.

i saw him sitting there on the steps and wanted to comfort him and tell him to go back out and play. but i just left him be. and thought about what he was going through. and i understood.

sometimes its just plain easier to take your ball and go. go and hide somewhere away from the fight. when things don't go your way it is so much easier to give up on what you have been fighting for and just. be. done.

kids can do that so much easier than adults, can't they? but that isn't what we are suppose to do. God doesn't want us to give up. He wants us to fight the fight and keep on going. if He could send His son to die for us on the cross and keep on being Lord Almighty; we most certainly can keep on going down when things don't go our way. He can provide us with the strength to keep fighting when we just don't think we have any fight left. with our faith in Him, when we feel lost and alone He will show us the way.

i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
philippians 4:13

trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.
proverbs 3:5&6

you will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all of your heart.
jeremiah 29:13


Susan said...

That was a good post Dawn - I really needed that encouragement today - it's been a rough couple of weeks and today another issue just came up to make things worse... I was just thinking "I give up"! But I know God is in control and I'm sure that He will sustain me even though I feel like I'm drowning.

Hope you and your crew are doing well!

Terri said...

Oh, Dawn, that is a very good word! Not what we always want to hear, but so right on. If He called us to it, He will see us through it! Blessings!

Lenae said...

Love the lesson you gleaned from this experience of your son's. A great reminder for us all! Thanks for the encouragement.