My daughter Lea will turn 2 in May, and she reached the infamous terrible-twos much earlier and with much more gusto than my son did when he was this age. Don’t get me wrong – Lea is loving and funny and a joy to be around. But man – when she doesn’t get her way – watch out!!
One night I would not let Lea have ice cream after supper because she did not eat her broccoli. (I know – I’m such a mean mom.) Our son had ice cream because he ate his broccoli. This led to an almost 2 hour temper tantrum by my beautiful little pig-tailed toddler.
All she did was scream, everything was wrong. She was mad at me, yet was clinging to me at the same time. We made it through bath and getting on pajamas – screaming the entire time!
And finally, when I was cuddling my little girl in her dark and quiet room, she started to settle down. I held her; I kissed her head; I said I love you and I meant it with all my heart.
This parenting thing is strange – there is no one other than your children that could torment you for 2 hours straight and then instantly demand your love and attention – and receive it – sincerely. It makes me think of God as parent to us. To God, it must seem like we act out the terrible-twos our entire lives. We disobey, we hate, we scream at God when things don’t go our way. But when we are ready to “settle down”, God is there to meet us.
We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:19-20
God will stop and hold us in the quiet and in the dark, or in the loudness and the insanity of our lives. Wherever we are, and no matter how much we have tormented Him, God will be there to offer unending forgiveness and unconditional love.