The Time Change and Ungrateful Children

The time change put our family in frantic mode this morning. I had to yank my three-year-old, Isaac, out of bed so I could take my five and nine-year-old to school.

He wailed.

I wanted to scream, “You wouldn’t feel this way if you’d gone to sleep last night, instead of sneaking out of bed to play with Legos until midnight!”

But I just strapped him into the car seat while he cried and yelled, “No. No. I don’t want to go. I’m cold.” As if he ever got to choose not to go.

My middle child, offered Isaac his own coat, which Isaac refused.

Whew. I was already imagining the fit we would have at drop off when he had to snatch his coat back to go to school.

My oldest presented the car-blanket I had planned to use for Isaac.

Isaac howled and pushed it away, “No. It’s dirty!”

I took off my own coat and laid it over him, which did nothing to calm his screams.

“I want a blanket from inside!”

I shut the door. Seriously. That’s the thanks I get. I went to the drivers’ side of the car and got in.

Then I realized, I’m just like him. How many times have I treated God the same way? I don’t want this blessing, I want this one.

My coat was warmer than most of our blankets, large enough to cover all of him, not too heavy but warm. Everything he needed. Yet he wanted a soft, thin blanket with a cartoon character on it, and he wanted it now. Nothing else would do.

Have you ever felt that way? Like you know what’s best for you and nothing else will do?

Yeah. Me, too.

On days like this, all I can say is thank you Jesus for loving this ungrateful child.

Dear God, please help us to be grateful for today’s blessings. In Jesus name, Amen.

16 thoughts on “The Time Change and Ungrateful Children

  1. What a beautiful analogy, and so true!! We are just like children sometimes aren’t we? Thank you for the reminder Robyn. God bless.


  2. Robyn, you have one special little 3rd grade boy who is loves to help. He is very shy and doesn’t talk much but he is eager to do whatever I ask him to do and I love him so much. I raised 3 children about the same ages a part as yours and I could visualize your morning clearly. Bless you for having such a selfless attitude and thank you for sharing.


  3. It’s true. No matter what we have we want more or something different. And yet we have so much more than the rest of the world. Or more than some people right here in our town. I try to thank my God every day because I have a house and food and a host of friends. We are a blessed people. (and it’s not going to be too long before your youngest is going to have to carry you. I see each Sunday how tall he is getting). God bless all of you.


  4. I sent my husband this text this morning, “Once upon a time there was a lady with three kids to take care of. One morning she woke up and went to get a cup of coffee made by her faithful and gallant knight, but alas there was none. The lady died of exhaustion and the knight had to take care of the three children all by himself.”
    My knight had overslept thanks to the time change and didn’t have time to make coffee.


  5. Thank you for the perspective. This is something I struggled with just yesterday. Sometimes knowing in my mind God has the best for me is easier than trusting it. I catch myself thinking, “well yes, but…” Keep up the good work! 🙂


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