I don’t think I’ve grown up half as much as I think I have. The other day as my toddler stubbornly refused to nap I saw so much of myself in her it was frightening. My baby is every bit the Joy that her name indicates that she is. She also revels in her twoness. This little banana will swing from inserting her total independence to collapsing in complete helplessness. No matter which side she chooses one thing will be for certain…. she will stubbornly cling to it with all of her might!
Just like her Mamma! Did I mention that I happen to be stubborn too? When I’ve made up my mind about something there is no turning back! This can be a good thing because I tend to be loyal and I am definitely not a quitter. But then again, sometimes I just wish I could see the good in letting go. Sometimes it really is okay to walk away.
Like any two year old Joyanna is not a fan of nap time. The day I created these photos she was particularly stubborn. Eventually her little body took over and she fell asleep mid stride. I’m not sure if she was attempting to get into bed or out of it (probably out of it) but this is how I found her.
And such is the way in my life. I can be as stubborn as I want to be but if what I’m clinging to isn’t a part of God’s plan for me, then He will take over. And just like a toddler who awakens refreshed from her nap, I too will be the better for it.
Really, as the Bible says in Jeremiah 7:24 stubbornness will just lead me in the wrong direction. But they did not listen or pay attention; instead they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.
I only want to go forward. How about you?