My husband and I are currently navigating through the trial and error which is raising two young children in the baseball lifestyle. Our five-month old is pretty cut and dry when it comes to his daily needs. He eats, he sleeps, he smiles, and the cycle begins again.
But our two and a half year old inherited her mommy’s quick temper and her daddy’s focused, yet stubborn mind. Everything is a negotiation with her. In order to get everyone out the door and to the ballpark before the game is over, I have resorted to offering my little girl a “treat” to get her into her car seat. This treat is usually in the form of fruit snacks or “gummies” as she calls them.
What started out of desperation has now become an expectation. She climbs into the car seat, I give her a pack of gummies. Well as you can imagine, this charade hit a snag when I found the box of gummies empty one morning as we were rushing to a very important Spring Training family meeting.
Without being able to see the “gummies” in my hand, my daughter refused to let me put her in her car seat. Even as I explained that we were going somewhere super fun and the car seat would keep her safe while we drove there, she kicked and screamed and arched her back making it impossible for me to put her in. She wanted to know her reward would be there once she held up her end of the bargain.
How many of us spend our lives expecting God’s gummies? We have no problem going to church, committing our time to charities, being kind to the other women in the stands, as long as God keeps handing us those sweet sugary blessing we ask for. But when the treats aren’t immediately visible, do we continue our obedience?
God tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we should “…Walk by faith, even when I cannot see.” My daughter had her friends and a playground waiting as a reward once we arrived at the ballpark, but because of her focus on the immediate gratification of her gummie, she made it much more difficult to get to the bigger prize. My hope is that we can all buckle up and trust that God has our best interest at heart, stop looking for the Godly gummies, and let him guide us the ultimate reward that waits for us in Heaven.