Our youngest son, Caleb, is now in his mid-20s. Yet, he will always have many childlike ways. He can also, like many people with Down Syndrome, be very repetitive in his actions and conversations. If it is a rebellious trait, it can be tiring or aggravating. However, there are also those actions that can bring a smile to our faces every time.
Caleb likes trying to scare my wife and me. Most of the time, this involves putting plastic spiders or wind-up, chattering teeth under our pillows. After doing this every night for three weeks, we obviously know it is going to happen at bedtime. And yet, he keeps on doing it. He has so much fun doing it that it makes it fun for us too. Of course, we make it into a game where we try to get him back in the same way. And so this goes on and on.
Do we ever get annoyed with it or tired of him doing it? No. Even when we are very tired, the discovery of the teeth or spiders always makes us shake our heads and smile. Why? Because he is having fun with it, and it is harmless, he loves us, and he is our child and we love him.
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:4-5
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think God gets tired of me coming to Him with the same thing, over and over and over. Every time I pray, it seems like I say the same things to Him. Does God get bored with me? Is He tired of listening to me? What do you think?
I would say it depends on the manner in which we come to Him. If we come to God in a prideful manner, confident in our own righteousness or asking for things for our own selfish gain, then I would think that God would not delight in this. If we are coming to God with a lack of sincerity and genuineness, like we can hide something from Him, I don’t think He would delight in this either.
But if we come to God with sincerity, humility, and even the simplicity of a child, why would God not delight in us, even if we are coming to Him with the same thing we have brought before Him so many times? I mean, let’s face it; nothing that we bring to God is going to be a surprise to Him. He knows everything we will ever say, before we even think it. So, in a way, everything is repetitious and redundant to Him. Yet, He always tells us to come to Him.
The verses in 1 Peter tell us that in God’s sight, we are chosen and precious. God longs for us to come to Him and, through the blood of Jesus Christ, He has provided us a way to come into His very presence. So, if we are feeling like God is tired of us, maybe we should examine our own hearts. We might be applying our own human weaknesses to the holy character of God.
Our feeling that God is tired of us might just be that we are tired of asking for something that God does not seem to be willing to provide according to our plans and wishes. It could be that we are coming with the wrong spirit, doing these things out of obligation rather than trust and delight in God. Maybe we are coming with hearts that are not thankful for all God has given us. It could be any number of things.
The important thing to remember is that God is not a man. He is not flawed. He loves with a perfect love. And He delights in His children. So, does God get tired of us coming to Him over and over? No. If fact, it is His desire that we come to Him, and find in Him the peace, rest, and joy that the world and our flawed expectations and perspectives can never provide.
Now, if I could just find a way to leave a spider under His pillow.
Together for His glory…