Do you ever feel like you were born in the wrong time? Do you sometimes feel like I do, that you should have been born in a different decade or even a different century? My undergraduate degree was in History so I have spent many hours pouring over history textbooks and historical novels. I have envisioned how my life would have been in many different time periods.
With each time period that I envisioned, I found advantages and disadvantages. However, about the time my beautiful, angelic little children turned thirteen years old, I decided that the Middle Ages were the time for me. In the Middle Ages, when children became teenagers they were deemed to be adults. They married and started lives of their own. At the time, that sounded pretty good. Ok, so maybe in the midst of my struggles with raising teenagers, I was being a bit overly dramatic…..As difficult as their teenage years were, I would have never wanted to see my children leave home at thirteen-on most days….
Upon reflection, I have come to realize that it is through my own children that my Heavenly Father has taught me some of His most important lessons. He has shown me through example what a good parent should be.
As I have grown impatient with my children for not listening to me, He has reminded me of how many times He has been patient with me when I have “forgotten” to listen to Him. When I have become frustrated with my children for making the same mistakes over and over, He has reminded me of how forgiving He has been with me when I have continued making the same mistakes. At times when I have grown exasperated with my children for asking the same questions again and again after they have been told no, He has lovingly reminded me of how often I have asked Him the same questions again after being told no.
He is my Father. I am His child. Remembering how He has responded to me at these times has helped me to be more loving, understanding and patient with my own children.