Mittens in Summer

July 11, 2010 § 6 Comments

I have yet to understand marketing and why mittens were available in the summer.  It was the end of July and I was out clothes shopping for some kiddos I love. One of my sweet blessings noticed the most awesome pair of fuzzy

The right time, but not the right place for mittens. šŸ˜‰

mittens she had ever seen. She just HAD to have them. Since she had behaved so well shopping and since I didn’t have any mittens for her for the impending winter (about five months in the future), I decided that she could have them. Besides the price was right.

I never imagined she would want to wear them that very day, inside, at the play area in the mall. I could fight the battle and say NO or I could attempt to reason with her.
Me: Don’t you think it is a little too warm for mittens? I thought we bought those for the winter.
Her: I want to wear them NOW! PLEEAASSSSE Mom!
I could see my chances at dissuading her were slim, so I gave in to her pleading. I thought that after she realized she couldn’t really play with them on, and when her hands were burning up, she would take them off. Oh how wrong I was!

Remember how I said these mittens were fuzzy and that it was July. Well, in a few short minutes my sweet child was sweating up a storm and yet she refused to take her mittens off. Soon I realized that as she pushed her hair out of her face she was leaving fuzz on her face from the mittens. The next thing I know, she has puked all over the play area at the mall. I have never seen that place clear so fast, nor have I ever received so many dirty looks. Everyone thought I brought a sick child to the play area, when in reality the fuzz from the mittens got in her mouth and choked her.

So what’s my point? Simply that we often see something we think we need or want and God knows it isn’t the right season yet. Sometimes we see others in different seasons of life than our own and we want that for ourselves. We want the pink fuzzy mittens in the middle of summer. The ones that if we wear them now in our current season, they may make us sick. God is saying wait my child those are for winter not for the season you are in now. Isaiah 64:4 says, “Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” We are so impatient for God to work in our time in our way and yet He knows what is best. He knows what you need and desire. He knows the right time for those things to take place. So wait on Him! He acts on behalf of those who wait for Him and His perfect timing!  The key is waiting for Him, not for what WE want, for what HE wants.

I’m not so good with the waiting thing.  However I have to trust God to know the season.  I have to trust God to know the perfect time.  If I don’t wait for God, I may often get sick on the fuzz of something that would have been perfect for winter, but not for summer.  O Father, help me to wait on You and Your timing.  May I not get frustrated or dismayed or disheartened in waiting.  May I trust in You for what You have planned for me!

What are you waiting for?  I’ll start….

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§ 6 Responses to Mittens in Summer

  • Angela F. says:

    Wow ~ Only you (God speaking through you!) could come up with such profound spiritual truths from this experience at the mall play place! It’s amazing what God can teach us from our ordinary day to day experiences of life and mothering. Your blog truly blesses me!

  • Wan says:

    Thank you for obeying the Lord with this blog. I give Him all the glory! We serve an awesome God! He speaks to me through your words of encouragement and meets me with open arms when i come to Him in prayer.

  • C L says:

    This is not only hitting home, it is the message from Him I so needed. Being a single mother for years is a huge struggle. When I seek him and his vision for me, it is there, the somebody, for me and for them…. It is just in the future. How I long for it today. When my kids ask when they will have a “Daddy” that is in our home for them, or when I am alone and lonely in the evenings or on weekends when they’re away… I want to rush in, I want to feel that warm fuzzy, soft and cozy feeling. But, having made this mistake before, I know that to rush in and wear something from another season will only make me sick. Thank you for allowing Him to use you during this truly divine time with His truly divine message to us all.

  • Sherry says:

    It is difficult to wait. Another side to that, is not wishing/rushing our time away. Time is very precious. God does have a purpose for each of us and we need let Him take the lead.

  • Kathy says:

    Excellant read Angela!!!!!!!! Really blessed by how the Holy Spirit pulls from everyday experiences in our lives. Bless you!

  • I’m waiting to see what God will do with my writing and speaking ministries. I am trusting in Him to expand them to bless others in the perfect season of my life.

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