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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

Being around grandchildren the past couple of weeks reminded me of a challenge that parents face that I had almost forgotten about.

            Parenting, as you know, is packed with challenges.  One of the toughest challenges is answering the questions kids ask.  The questions change depending on their age, but it’s always tough finding the right answer, whether the question is, “Why can’t I have another puppy?” or “But you were 18 when you got married, why can’t I?” or “Daddy, what is Viagra?”  (I am so glad they didn’t have all those TV commercials when my kids were little.)

I thought about many of the questions kids ask, and according to the latest F & F poll, that’s Fred & Friends, I have determined what is the most frustrating question in parentdom.  It’s not:

“Where do babies come from?

It’s not, “Why can’t I have my own car?”

It’s not, “Why can’t I do it, Billy’s mom lets him do it?”

The most frustrating question is the one posed by the 4-year-old on the trip, “How much longer?”

It’s frustrating because it’s an impossible question to answer.  How do you speak of time and distance to someone that doesn’t have a clue about time and distance?  The rookie parents assume facts will suffice. “250 more miles.”  But what do miles mean to pre-school kids?  Nothing!  You might as well have spoken Yiddish.  So then the child asks, “What’s miles?”  At that point you’re tempted to get technical and explain that one mile equals 5280 feet, so 250 miles equals 1 million three hundred and twenty thousand feet.  But four words into the sentence, the child tunes you out.  He sits quietly until you’re quiet and then asks, “How much longer?”

The world of a youngster is delightfully free of mile markers and alarm clocks.  You can speak of minutes and miles, but a child has no hooks for those hats.  So what do you do?  How do you answer the question?  Most parents get creative.

When our kids were toddlers, they loved to watch Sesame Street, and so Teri came up with a great way to answer their question.  She would say, “Do you know how long it takes to watch Sesame Street?  Well, if you were to watch it three times – that’s how much longer.”

And for a few minutes that seemed to help.  But sooner or later they would ask again.  And sooner or later, we’d say what all parents eventually say.  “Just trust me.  You enjoy the trip.  We’ll get there when we get there.  We’re getting closer.  Don’t worry about the details I’ll make sure you get there.”

And we meant it and you meant it when you said something similar to your kids when they asked the question.  They had to learn to trust you, because they didn’t understand the concept of minutes, and hours, and miles.

Could it be, I’m just wondering, could it be that when you’ve asked that question of God (you’ve asked God that question haven’t you?) how much longer God do I have to put up with the pain?

Or how much longer before that kid comes to her or his senses and see that they’re destroying their life?              How much longer until my spouse and our marriage changes?

How much longer before I find someone I spend the rest of my life with?

How much longer before we have that child we have wanted for so long?   How much longer until I find that better job?

How much longer till I’m really being used by You, and making a difference?

How much longer God?

How much longer God?

You’ve asked that question before haven’t you?

Could it be that when you’ve asked that question of God – what you have perceived as God’s silence is really Him simply saying – “Trust me. You don’t understand the concepts of eternity and my boundaries of space and time.  You don’t have hooks for those hats.  So trust me.  Don’t worry about the details.  I’ll make sure you get there.”

Could it be what you thought was God’s silence – when you asked God – “How much longer?”  Really was His way of saying “Trust me.”?

What You Need to Know….

A BIG THANK YOU to Jerry Stone and Jeff Owen for putting together the All-Church Picnic. We had perfect weather, great fellowship, new people attending, and God was glorified!

Don’t forget the Blood Drive tonight from 3:30 – 6:30 PM.  Come any time to give blood.  Now is the time when there is a big push for blood that can be sent to those in need from the tragedies of the Hurricane. Consider giving to give life!

Wedding Celebration for Tyler and Elizabeth (Bott) Princing will be held in the new lobby from 1:30 – 3:00 PM.  Come any time and have refreshments while visiting with Elizabeth and meet her new husband.

Ladies Morning Connection begins at 8:00 AM, Saturday, September 9th, in Edgar’s Coffee Shop in the Chatham Goodwill Store for coffee and pastries before shopping in the store.  Then we will all travel to Wabash Avenue Goodwill and Salvation Army to complete our annual Fall Thrift Store Crawl. Sign up in the foyer…or just meet us at Edgar’s.

Tristan McLain will be awarded his Eagle Scout on Sunday, September 10th at 2:00 PM in the Worship Center. Tristan chose to clean up, upgrade and update the parking lot with new rock in the planted areas.  We appreciate his generosity in helping our church.  Public is invited to attend this event.

Come & Go Wedding Shower for Trevor Workman & Jennifer Druse will be held on September 16 from 10:00 – 12:00 Noon in room #106.  They are registered at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Come any time and enjoy refreshments.

 

Please Pray For:

Susie Powell Family – Susie’s mom passed away (Funeral is in Kentucky this Friday)

Sharon Hiatt Family – Sharon’s dad passed away (Funeral is at Trinity Nazarene Church on Sept. 9, 2:30 PM)

Mary Bishop’s grandson, Bannock has cystic fibrosis and was running a high fever

Sigi Ware – Jean’s friend in home hospice

Kathi Krell’s stepdad had a stroke

Charles’ Kapp’s dad is in hospice

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