Archive for May, 2012

Suspicious Minds

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

by Kristin

My 20-month-old son Patrick is the most suspicious person you will ever meet — at least when it comes to food.  It doesn’t matter whether what you are offering him now is the exact same as the last morsel you put before him.  Each spoonful must undergo a visual inspection before the lips will so much as crack open.  And it’s not just with me or Ryan that our little boy does this.  The rest of the family gets the same treatment.

I’m not quite sure how it came to be.  Perhaps he was taken advantage of too many times.  When your little one is sick, sometimes you use deception to get the medicine in.

Whatever the history of this suspicious personality may be, Patrick’s habits certainly can be a source of amusement — and sometimes frustration — for those attempting to feed him.

The climax came just this past week when my brother-in-law sat Patrick at the picnic table with an ice cream cone in front of him.  This was the first time Patrick had encountered this little dairy treat, and he was certainly not about to dive right in.

First I picked the ice cream cone up and brought it to his lips for a taste.  Then his cousin tried.  Both times Patrick turned his head away, lips tightly sealed.  So we left the ice cream cone on the table in front of him.

He stared at it suspiciously, almost glaring at the cream in its cone.

Then his expression softened a little. Curiousity was starting to get the better of him.  He reached out a cautious hand and cupped the cone gently. Then out stretched the other hand, and the cone inched reluctantly closer. . . And closer. . . And closer.

Finally he took a lick.

His head jerked slightly in reaction to the cold.  But it was too late.  He was hooked.  It wasn’t long before he was sporting a creamy white mustache.

Sometimes I observe this habit of Patrick’s and wonder if God experiences the same with us.  We regard what He offers us with suspicion, thinking that He means to do us harm, when really what He is giving is the best thing for us — we just don’t know it.  Sometimes what He gives is bitter as medicine, and sometimes it is sweet like ice cream. We only need to trust Him and accept the things from His hand willingly, whatever they may be.