Paul was in the rear, so when I turned around while pulling the wagon behind me, I could see his little chubby face--mouth wide, his four little teeth formed into a huge grin, clapping his hands with delight at the ride. Peter was in the front of the wagon, facing backwards, so I couldn't see his face. I was hoping that the walk would brighten his attitude as he had just gotten up from his nap a little on the grumpy side...
I was taking a big loop around our neighborhood development, following the sidewalks along the lines of the dozens of cookie cutter houses. About two thirds of the way around, I heard Peter's little voice with a bit of a worried tremor, "Amy, I wanna go home..." I turned and looked at him. "Okay, Honey, we're going home. Don't worry." "Nooooo, I want to go HOME!" he whiningly reiterated. "This isn't the way!" He was looking at our surroundings. Then I understood. He didn't recognize the way that I was taking. He didn't realize that it was a loop; he thought that I would turn around to go home.
"Don't worry, Honey. We are going home. Just trust me, okay, Baby?" I asked, hopeful.
He settled into the wagon, "Okay." His voice sounded satisfied, he trusted me.
Sure enough, about five minutes later I rounded a corner. He immediately recognized our street, "There it is!"
Of course it is, Baby, didn't I tell you so?
This reminded me of my life.
I feel like Peter. As I go through life, I look at my surroundings, the things that I go through, the sidewalks not recognized and sometimes I get nervous. I find myself piping up to God, "Um, Lord? I don't get this--I don't understand this, where are we going, anyway? I don't recognize any of this. I mean, I thought I knew..." He just keeps leading steady, "Don't worry. Trust Me." His voice soothes, and I remember our previous stops--hasn't He been faithful so far?
Then I settle into the wagon, snuggle under His blanket. And enjoy the ride.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight."