Aw, ain’t he just the cutest little thing? Regardless of your response, the correct answer is actually “Yes, yes he is.” But to humor any of you potential detractors out there, I will admit that it wasn’t always easy for me to think of our youngest son in such a way. After a ridiculously easy infant experience with child #1, we knew we probably deserved a tougher experience with Trevor. And we got it. Since my wife and I knew specifically why poor sleep and irritability were the norm for him, we handled it a bit (just a bit) better, but we never expected what came next: a near total reversal. Hallelujah! After 14 months of literally “What have we gotten ourselves into?” Trevor flipped the switch. Angry squawking became adorable chortling. The constant cling became comfortable independence. Hitting and biting became the best dance moves his side of two years you’ll ever see! No for real, he can move those hips like none other. OK fine, his onesie does say “Poopsmith” because his waste-producing skills (thankfully!) haven’t changed a bit. But wow, totally different kid in most other ways. Why? How? We didn’t care, but probably the most important development helping all of us out was his increasing desire and ability to experience new places in his world and enjoy the benefits of what he learned as a result.
Now hey, I’ve only parented through the age of four, so for those who are wondering when on earth a difficult situation with your child might get better, I don’t know. But parenting isn’t the only endeavor that can leave us longing for greener grass. Often times in our faith journey, we wonder what we’ve gotten ourselves into and when it’s going to get better, make more sense, or be more secure. If you’ve ever been there, I have good news for you! Unlike with Trevor, you don’t have to just hope a switch flips…if it ever does. Instead, like with Trevor, desiring and acting to experience new places in God’s word allows you to enjoy the benefits of sense and security you will learn as a result. I am living proof. Opening my mind to all of what God says in the Bible about difficult issues—not just my favorite or familiar passages—allowed me to discover rational and refreshing answers to questions I considered impossible and problems I was told were unsolvable mysteries. God solves so much for us if we will just consider all of what he says, and I invite you to join me in Healing Hereafter to find out the wonderful ways he does so! Oh, and Trevor’s still the cutest little thing, so there.