Our gregarious grandson recently spent some glorious extended time with us. Pulling us into his full – speed – ahead, precocious preschooler’s approach to life, my normally active routine paled in comparison. Although nap time was not high on his priority list it became a necessity – for me!
Each day after stalling for as long as he could, he reluctantly went to his room. To ensure he stayed in bed, I would sit on the family room couch just around the corner. He couldn’t see me from the bedroom door, but I could hear him get up and open the door in search of me. When he didn’t see me he would say, “Aww, man!” before closing the door again. I guess he was hoping to convince me to let him get up.
Hearing his plaintive “Aww man!” reminded me of how often I also utter that phrase in frustration. And as those syllables rolled off his tongue, Holy Spirit drew me into an interesting language perspective. By slightly changing the last vowel sound, “Aww man” suddenly became “Amen”.
Hmmm…. the “what if’s” began to percolate in my brain.
What if in every set back I would utter up a resilient “Amen” in place of a combative “Aww man” ?
What if I resisted the temptation of exasperation and leaned in further to the “Amen”?
And what if I allowed Jesus, the Great Amen, to reign in my life as the ultimate “so be it”?
I waste a lot of time fighting against opportunities that may be kindling for the first spark of a refining fire.
Experiences that I deem as negative may eventually spur me toward joy. Experiences that can help me rejoice when I run into problems and trials.
For I know that they help me develop endurance.
And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens my confident hope of salvation. (Romans 5:3-4)
When life’s doors of opportunity seem to block my temporary goal, am I cracking them open only to rail an “Aww man!” at life?
Or am I acquiescing to the great Amen as I embrace the peace and joy of Jesus?
The choice of one syllable is up to me.
And it changes everything.