Monday, October 21, 2013

Parable of Time

Four-year-old Joey pouted in his car seat. The short shopping trip had not gone at all well. Mom would not buy Joey candy or toys or even a balloon!
As Mom emptied the car of boring stuff like milk, eggs, and chicken, Joey sulked.
"I'm staying in here forever!" he said.
Mom smiled. She had seen this sort of fit throwing before. "Come on Little Guy," she coaxed, "I'll make you a circle sandwich."
Joey looked at his mom. "Peanut butter and jelly?"
"Of course."
Joey's forever suddenly came to an end.
Like Joey's shopping trip, things don't always go the way we want them to. In fact, some of our trials can be downright discouraging, and they seem to last forever.
But just like Joey, our definition of forever is very different from our Heavenly Father's. What seems to be so hard and so long, is really "but a moment" in God's eyes. And what is so insurmountable to us, can be overcome quite easily with our Savior's help.
So, we can rebel when trials come. We can throw a fit when we see others with things we don't have. Or we can endure with patience and faith. We can notice God's blessings with gratitude. We can realign our definitions of time with His eternal perspective.
And somehow, doing that will make it easier. 
*All pics of this post came from Microsoft Clip Art