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A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you…” said the mother to her curious young son as he approached the electrical outlet with a pair of scissors. The boy looked up at her defiantly and continued toward the outlet. “You’re going to get hurt if you do that…” she told him. But his curiosity was greater than his regard for his mother’s warnings and he learned a painful lesson that morning that he probably will never forget.

How many times has God said to us, “I wouldn’t do that if I were you…you’re going to get hurt if you do that…?” And despite His words of warning we look up at Him in disbelief or disregard and go ahead and do whatever it is we were planning to do. Sometimes the consequences are felt immediately, sometimes they only become apparent much later.
But God, in His wisdom, knows there are some lessons we willful humans will only really take to heart if we learn them “the hard way”. How difficult it must have been for that mother to allow her child to make a choice, despite her cautions, that she knew would bring him pain. How difficult it must be for God to do the same.

I believe the child learned a far more important lesson that morning than just the fact that shocks result from sticking metal objects into electrical outlets. He very likely learned to trust his mother and that he would do well to heed her words of caution in the future.

Our creator wants only the very best for each and every one of us. Born into a sinful world our “curiosity” can lead us to do things that God warns us are not in our best interest. I pray that the unfortunate choices each of us has made in the past, and the regrettable ones we are sure to make in the future, will only serve to strengthen our relationship with our Lord and Savior—that we will continue to mature to the point that we will at all times be mindful of His words of caution and that we will be blessed with the wisdom to abide by them.

It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me.
Let the one who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in the name of the LORD
and rely on their God.
Isaiah 50:9, 10 (NLT)

Author’s Note: The mother in the above story was my mother-in-law and the boy is now my husband. It fascinates me to realize that God knew in that moment—some fifty or so years ago, when I was just a toddler and had no knowledge of my future husband or his family, and again some twenty years later when my mother-in-law shared this story with me at a time when my own children were small and inquisitive—that I would one day see the parallel and be inspired to share it with you today. What a marvelous God we serve!

Contributed by Kathy Stephenson.


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