Nuts and Bolts

Posted on: 7-15-112015

15Last week, my 17 month old grandson attended his first preschool music class.  He loves playing his toy drums, banging on my piano, and basically anything that makes music, so naturally, I thought music class would be a great opportunity for him.  When we arrived at the class, he walked into the room and said, “Oh my…drums!” and went straight to a set of drums in the corner of the room.  Then, he discovered a piano on the other side of the room and ran straight over to it and started banging.  He was very excited and enamored by it all…until class actually started.  By this point, he had discovered something he loves more than music…something to disassemble!  On the drums, there was a nut and bolt set that was not as tight as it should have been and he found it.  He was very determined to help the nut and bolt set finish disassembling itself and he was having no part of doing anything except that!  We did our best to distract him with the shakers, bells, and other musical instruments, but it was to no avail.  Every opportunity he got, he made a beeline back to the drums to work on the nut and bolt.  His teacher was very sweet and very patient, but as a former teacher, I had to feel for her.  I know that nuts and bolts were not anywhere in her agenda for the day.  I wonder how often God feels the same way with us.  I wonder how many times He has certain things on His agenda and we get distracted with the “nuts and bolts” of life and nothing He does can take our attention away from them.  As I think about this, I am so grateful that God is patient and understanding with us.  I am so grateful that He is full of grace and mercy.  I am so grateful that He loves us even when the “nuts and bolts” keep us distracted from what He has planned.  I am so grateful that He can take those same “nuts and bolts” that distract us from His plans to accomplish His plans anyway…just in a different way!

“But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” Psalm 86:


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