I watched as my three year old snatched the car from my six year old's hand. Then I saw my six year old attempt to grab the car back and a tug-of-war began. There was yelling and crying.
I interrupted to tell the three year old to give the car back. The six year old waited a beat and then grabbed at it again. I said, "I will handle this for you!" and proceeded to tell the three year old to give the car back again.
My six year old was having none of it. He didn't even wait to see what his brother would do before grabbing at the car from his brother's hand again.
I so often see God's lessons for me while I'm addressing my kids. Today's lesson? To really let God handle it when He tells me He will.
How many times have I been the angry, wronged child in the situation and I insist on demanding or grabbing back what was taken from me?
How many times have I waited a beat to let God handle it only to jump in and try to wrestle the situation to my liking again?
It's easy to say "Let go and let God handle it," but it's harder to practically apply that. As human beings, we are required to make decisions in life. Even when we allow the Lord to take control of the situation, there are things required of us.
We must pray for wisdom to know what to say, when to say it, and how it should be said.
We must pray for the heart of the others involved, that God would soften their hearts and reveal to them any area they need to address.
We must pray for revelation about any areas that we need to address and any ways our own hearts may be hardened.
And we must pray for humility to put the other person first, even when it feels unfair.
We speak to and about the other person(s) with respect, regardless of how they speak.
What situation are you wrestling from God's Hands today? What is it that you need to let go and let God handle?