He usually leans into me, but instead he was pulling away from me.  He didn’t want to hear what I was trying to say.

We had just had a wonderfully long day at a perfect place for any child to enjoy. He was sulking.  He wanted more.  He wanted to go back again.  He wanted to purchase the new and latest toy.  

His parents sat across from him as we ate our dinner.  They were not pleased with his pouting, but were being kind and patient as yet again they decided it was best not to give into to their son’s requests. 

Sometimes, many times, it’s wiser to work on heart issues.

I decided to gently give it a try on my end since my seat was directly beside his at the restaurant.  I put my arm on his shoulder and leaned in to whisper.  I only got out my first five words that I had been rehearsing in my mind and it happened.  

He pulled away.  He shrugged my hand off of his shoulder and physically moved his body closer to his grandfather.  

Okay.  He’d hear no more from me.  I’d pray and with confidence knew his parents would deal with the heart issue that was rising up.

This picture of him pulling away has not left my mind.

It hasn’t left my mind because it’s me.

God can bless me in the most wonderful way and the most wonderful experience and I can turn around, spoiled child that I can be, and simply want MORE.  I can say things like “why can’t I just own my own beach house”?

“Why can’t I have that latest ‘toy’”?

Perhaps He leans in to whisper beautiful truths and I am too stubborn to listen. Perhaps I pull away.

I’ve asked for forgiveness and so did my grandson.

May we lean in and not away for God loves us and desires the very best for us, heart issues and all!

Job 37:14

“Listen to this…stop and consider God’s wonders”

Jeremiah 17:23

“Yet they did not listen or pay attention; they were stiff necked and would not listen or respond to discipline.

Proverbs 23:15

“My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed”

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