The beautiful little lady in the picture to the left is Karlie, the two year-old daughter of our friends Mark and Meagan. Sunday, after the church ate lunch together and some of us played duck-duck-goose, Karlie accompanied me to the dumpster to throw out a bag of garbage.
On the way to the dumpster, Karlie held my hand as we walked and talked. On the way, back I reached out for Karlie’s hand and asked if she wanted to hold my hand on the way back to our church meeting place.
She said, “No,” and pulled her little hand away as we kept walking.
About a minute later, she looked up at me and said, “I say ‘No’ alot.”
Yes, this was a cute episode. When we got back, I shared this with our group, and we all had a good laugh.
Later, of course, God began to use the words of his 2 year old little girl to teach me something. Why? Because I say “No” alot too.
I say “No” to God for many, many reasons… and believe me, they are all good reasons. But, all of the reasons are actually excuses I give in order to control my own life. The excuses show that I am not trusting God. They are excuses. There is never a real reason to say “No” to God.
When God calls or directs, the answer is always “Yes!” It doesn’t matter where God wants me to go or what he wants me to do. The answer is always, “Yes!”
Well, to honest, my answer is not always, “Yes.” Like my little friend – and teacher – Karlie. I say, “No,” alot too.