Friday, July 29, 2005

fresh flowers for July 29

Followers
©2005, Lani Wiens
a fresh flowers original

I have two very devoted followers whose number often increases to five throughout the day. The youngest two, however, are by far the most faithful at this time. So faithful in fact that they often cause me great frustration, I can’t even go to the bathroom without interruption. On the other hand when they aren’t following me around they are quite often doing things like distributing the dog’s food to the kitchen floor, flooding the bathroom, eating markers or taking adventurous trips around the neighbourhood. Having them underfoot isn’t always a bad thing.

I realize that my main role in life right now is to train these disciples of mine to do exactly what they’re doing. Following my example as I follow the example of Christ. That realization often brings me to my knees as I fall so far short of being a godly example on many days. Trying to teach the not-so-simple concept of obedience is a moment by moment training exercise for them and a character building experience for me. I can take some comfort in the fact that I remember the precise moment when my eldest son grasped the concept of obedience. It was a marvellous thing.

I got to thinking about all this in light of Jesus and his disciples. I wonder how frustrated Jesus got with these guys when they just didn’t get it. The twelve were full grown adults not small children and yet you can see as Jesus spoke to them that His words were often simple and He repeated Himself a lot. I can also see how He drew away by himself to commune with His Father, perhaps to get away from the hard-headed lot that was assigned to him and get a bit of a breather. No wonder he was asleep in the boat during the storm, he was most likely exhausted from suddenly having twelve kids at one time!

I can take courage from Jesus’ work with His disciples. They turned out pretty good in the end for all of their ineptitude and screw-ups in their early days. This example of my Lord patiently training up his spiritual children in the way they should go gives me good reason to stay in the trenches with my little ones. I’m not sure who gets trained more, them or me. After all I have to be a good example to follow. It makes me cringe every time I reprimand one of my kids for doing something and then realizing that I’m the one who showed them how to do that, ouch.

Whether you are a parent or not, being involved in the discipleship process is something all of us are assigned to do. Don’t lose heart, 2 Corinthians 4 says that though we are outwardly wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day. Our light and momentary troubles are gaining for us an eternal glory that FAR outweighs them all.

11 comments:

tiara said...

i enjoyed your post, I too often go thru my day irrated at my 4 babes. And found myself giggling at your post. So there with you sister. Also, very good insight about the twelve disciples.

Blessings

flowerlady said...

Hi Tiara,

How old are your babes? Welcome to the freshflower world

Lani

tiara said...

Hi,
and thank you. Our girls are 10, 9, 6, and 4. They and their daddy are my ministry, what I was called to do. I love, love, love it. But, oh boy, what a stretch. It certainly is a good lesson in self-sacrife.

And your Lani? Their ages?

Blessings

flowerlady said...

We have 4 boys and 1 girl smack in the middle. They are 9, 7, 5, 3 and 19 months. I am very busy at home and wouldn't trade it for anything, though some days I could gleefully fed ex my tribe to another planet! *grin*

tiara said...

Here you loud and clear.
Boys, aw...I wanted four boys, but God had other plans. Though our little Austin is waiting for us all in heaven, he would have been 12 now. We all have peace though.

Do you homeschool any of your bunch? I do with two, and two go to our little country school here.

Happy weekend!!!!

Tiara

flowerlady said...

We are heading back into the homeschool world with the oldest two boys this fall. Our girl is going into french immersion. If it's not too painful or personal can I ask what happened to your son?

We just lost a baby this spring. On the up side, with all that's going on in our lives at present I'm glad I'm not pregnant at the moment.

Sonya said...

Psst, I blogged!

tiara said...

Not at all, I am healed and at peace with the baby. I carried him to 6 months, then in an ultrasound they detected there was no heartbeat, I knew by the look on the technician face, we had lost him.

After the DNC, they were able to explain to me that his heart had a hole in it, and that he couldn't survive.

Yes, homeschooling begins in about a week for us, though regular school does not start until Sept. 6. here. But, my oldest likes to start her novels early and such.

What is french immersion?

Blessings tiara

Love Mom said...

I just finished blogging about this very issue...going to the bathroom alone...how joyous it will be when that happens...=)

flowerlady said...

French immersion is a school in which the majority of instruction is done in French with the ultimate goal that by the time they leave in grade 8 they will be well on their way to being bi-lingual.

love mom

Welcome to my flower world! Obviously you are well aquainted with company in the bathroom :)

Let Grace Rain Down said...

The whole bathroom thing, can be ...sometimes unpleasant, over time one has no choice but to rejoice about it. My two follow me in there, almost everytime...so why complain they love me enough to follow me:)))))