It's Not Fair!

Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
Author: Ms. Meg Mangan (New South Wales, Australia)
Monday 11 February 2019 © The Upper Room.
When I was eight years old, my father built a new house for us to live in.  One afternoon while working on the house, he was also looking after my younger siblings and me.  At one point, my four-year-old sister climbed up the ladder to be on the roof with my father.  My brother and I also began to climb up to join them.  But my father refused to allow it.  Our immediate reaction was, “It’s not fair!”  But Dad was adamant.  We were to stay on the ground.

At the time, I didn’t understand that my father was concerned for our safety.  One child on the roof may not have been a problem.  But allowing three bored, argumentative children on the roof together would have been courting disaster.

I am now a parent and a grandparent, and I would probably make a decision similar to my dad’s.  As a child, I saw the situation as my father’s favoring my little sister — again!  I failed to recognize my dad’s sound judgment and the love that fueled his decision.

As an adult, when I think something is unfair, I may be failing to understand God’s deep love for me and for those around me.  Then, I remember this and other similar lessons from my childhood.  Gradually, I am learning to trust more deeply in the wisdom and judgment of our loving God.

Prayer: Loving Father, help us to trust you more than our own understanding.  Thank you for your love, which is at the heart of all of life.  Amen.
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I am deaf with C.I. - basic BSL, want to learn more. Go to Bridgwater and Weston Super Mare signing church. Have met Gill several times. I think this is a wonderful!! My kind friend Astrid sent me this from Bristol - she has cycled round the world in 2 years - a magical feat! I found life difficult when becoming deaf and decided to make it more `visible` by making BSL jewellery. I have sold some and donate to BSL bible translation, so it is lovely to have this and I will tell my friends about it. JN