God Sense vs. Common Sense
By Sharon Jaynes
Key Verse: "The law of the LORD
is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are
trustworthy, making wise the simple" (Psalm 19:7 NIV).
Sitting in my backyard, I love to listen to the sounds of all God's
critters: birds, crickets, frogs, katydids, woodpeckers, and most of
all - children. Framing our yard from every side children's giggles,
chatter, and raucous play are a symphony of stringed instruments and
percussions alike. There's the rhythmic thumping of a basketball
bouncing on concrete, the squealing of little girls being chased by
boys, the skidding of bicycles tires on asphalt, the popping of a
cap gun, declarations of "you're it" and contentions of "you
cheated." All blend together in a symphony of youth. Of course the
orchestra would not be complete without the reprimanding of parents
breaking up fights and reminds stubborn wills of house rules.
Rules, rules, rules. What a bother - especially when you are
five-years-old. When I was five, I never understood why parents had
to interfere and ruin al the fun with rules. I eventually decided it
was just part of their job descript8ion. Parents: law enforcement
officer who patrols the neighborhood, running all the fun for little
girls and boys.
As a five-year-old Tom Boy, my favorite possession was a pink
sparkly bicycle with a silver glittery banana seat and u-shaped
handle bars. Streamers were attached to the ends of the handles and
blew in the breeze as I peddled around the neighborhood at breakneck
speed. I could leave skid marks as long as any old boy, balance
without holding on the handlebars, and do "wheelies" with my front
tire saluting the air. Oh how I loved to ride around the race track
(otherwise known as Pine Haven Drive) feeling the wind whip through
my ash blond streaked hair and brush past my bare sheet. It was the
"bare chest" part that was the problem.
"Sharon Ann Edwards," my mother would call from the front porch.
"Get in the house this minute and put on a shirt!"
"I don't want to war a shirt," I whined. "Stewart doesn't have to
wear a shirt. Shy do I?"
"Because you're a girl and because I said so. That's why."
My brother was five years my senior and he often romped around
without a shirt. As far as I could tell, there wasn't any difference
between him and me. So why did people snicker when I rode past them
bare-chested? I just didn't get it. So begrudgingly, I'd knock down
my kickstand, stomp through the house, and pull on a t-shirt,
mumbling all the way.
This was not a one time incident and my mother tired of making me
dress like a girl, or should I day, dress period. But then something
amazing happed. I entered first grade. Suddenly something clicked
and I noticed that boys and girls were indeed different. It all
started with Isaac Thorp and his big blue eyes. Well, mom never had
to tell me to keep my shirt on again.
Rules - what a bother. Rules - what a comfort. Eventually, I learned
that even if I didn't completely understand one of my parents'
mandates, it would usually make sense later on. And just like with
my earthly parents, I learned that if I didn't understand one of my
Heavenly Father's rules, it would usually make sense later. God's
principles are not randomly contrives to ruin our fun. They are
meticulously thought out and created to protect His children. God is
a lot smarter than we are. Have you noticed that? If I question Him
and He answers, "Because I said, so," well that's good enough for
me, and hopefully I'll figure the reason out later - but I may not.
If I don't, I just need to remember that Father knows best.
Dear Lord, Thank you that You do not set up rules for us to follow
to ruin our fun or to cause us frustration, but for our protection.
Help us to stay within the confines of the safe boundaries you have
laid out for us in the Bible. Help us to obey even when we do not
understand your holy logic.
In Jesus' name, Amen
Sharon Jaynes is an international conference speaker
and author of ten books including Being a Great Mom-Raising Great
Kids, Becoming the Woman of His Dreams, and Becoming a
Woman Who Listens to God. For information about Sharon's books
or speaking topics, visit
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