Jordan couldn’t sleep last night. It was about 2:30am when she came into my room crying because she thought there was a bee in her room. I prayed for her, checked her room and got her all snuggled in, but she was back about 10 minutes later. She said she couldn’t stop thinking about the bee.
How many times do we repeat over and over in our minds, “Don’t think about the bee”, when we really should be thinking about something else? Joyce Meyer teaches that the best way to get rid of a bad thought is to replace it with a good thought. The Apostle Paul was kind enough to give us an idea of what to think about instead:
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Phil. 4:8 (NLT)
The second time Jordan came, ruminating on the bee, we talked about that verse in Philippians. I gave her some suggestions of what she could think about instead of focusing on the bee. My idea didn’t work, so she was back a third time about 5 minutes later. That time, instead of praying for her, I asked her to pray for God to give her something to think about. She was so sweet, crying as she prayed, knowing that God would guide her. I gave her another suggestion, but I told her that she should focus on whatever God leads her to focus on. Ditch my idea if it’s not working.
And isn’t that what we’re here for? Parents are here to guide their children until their children can learn to be guided by God. We teach them what it means to follow authority, preparing them to follow the Ultimate Authority in their life. We teach them to obey us, knowing that obeying God, who speaks in whispers, will be more difficult, but so much more important.