And sometimes it’s NO

I was working with a fourth grader yesterday, trying to do some ‘catch-up’ work because he has missed a lot of his faith education classes.  He has a really rough time of it at home.  His parents were only married for a short time and the divorce was viscious.  There has been betrayal, lies, and all sorts of terrible things that a young boy should never have to be exposed to, especially from his mom and dad.  He’s a really cute kid and the light of hope and innocence is still brightly burning inside of him. 

We were speaking of prayer and I said that sometimes God says ‘yes’ and at other times God says ‘not yet’.  And he spoke up, quickly and clearly and said, ‘and sometimes God says NO’.  Tommy obviously knew that from first hand experience.  I was going to go on with my beliefs that God, in his wisdom knows best, and that his decisions are made from his great love for us, but at that moment, they would have sounded like platitudes.  I have a feeling that Tommy wasn’t speaking of a ‘no’ to a new bike or video game.

Sometimes God says ‘no’.  Haven’t we all felt like that sometimes?  Today I present the Exodus story to about 150 kids (grades 4-6).  I think about the Israelites in the dessert, whining and complaining.  How many times did they think that God said ‘no’ to them as they journeyed for 40 years.  And yet, God saw the Big Picture…the end result. 

I pray that someday Tommy will understand God’s ‘no’.  I pray that we all will.  I pray that Tommy will find peace with it, and I pray that Tommy will never stop asking.

13 thoughts on “And sometimes it’s NO

  1. bless his young heart! May he grow ever stronger in his faith and walk with God, growing to be a mighty man of God and champion for the Gospel of Jesus!

  2. My heart goes out to the little boy. God placed you in his path; it was no accident that you were there to “be Jesus” to him. I’m so glad that we can trust the fact that God makes no mistakes and that we can trust His heart when we can’t see His hand at work. May God continue to use you in the lives of children!!

  3. You are a Blessing and a lifeline in this child’s life.
    Our image and beliefs of God are shaped by our parents and teachers.
    Tommy is wise.
    It is hard to be belief in a God who loves, and cares when as a child one experiences such hardship.
    I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

  4. Great that he had you to talk to Andie. Praying that Tommy will meet more people like you to help keep that light of hope burning in his eyes as he goes through life.

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