Reflecting Patience

My 2-year-old seems to think it’s exciting to go to the bathroom any time she’s not getting enough attention.  If she’s sitting in the van too long, or at church… she deems this a prime opportunity to see if we can call her bluff.

Since we know she stays dry during nap, and can hold it ALL NIGHT LONG…  we obviously know, most of the time, she really DOESN’T need to go.

But, we usually take her anyway.

She has us trained well.

Usually when my children go to the bathroom, I just end up taking a turn also…  since we’re already in there and everything…

My daughter did the thing all of my children have done.  Just as I’m finished and putting myself back together… the child reaches for the bathroom stall door in effort to be a “big helper”.

Nothing sends a panic surge more quickly, than thinking I might be standing there… exposed… while my darling child greets whoever is standing beyond the door, with her deep dimple smile.

No!

Wait!

Not yet!!  I’m not done yet…

“Don’t touch that door!  Get back here!” I snap.

She whips around (hand still on the door).

“Now?” she inquires.

“No, not YET…” I persist.

“Ok…” she says.  (hand still on the door).

Hoping I didn’t tuck my tunic into my leggings, we proceed out the door to wash our hands…

Goodness.

Whoever said that being a mother is glamorous is clearly – correct.

That said, I shouldn’t be surprised that my children are impatient.  God has been working on MY PATIENCE lessons for years now.

While I know He has made great strides in conforming me to His likeness, I still often get frustrated in the whole waiting process.

I just want to know, so I can move on… I just want to make it better… I just want to solve it.  I wish it were better, or fixed, or healed.  NOW.

No matter what I’m waiting on, it’s important for me to remember God has a plan – even in my waiting.  It’s for a reason.

Lord, help me find the blessings – even in the waiting.  Thank you for an opportunity to learn patience so I can reflect that to my children and those around me.  Thank you for the time to focus on what you’d have me learn, through each lesson you have for me.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”

 – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

TODDLER TIP:

Over the years I’ve learned ways to help my smaller children adapt to a “big” potty without toting a potty seat wherever we go.

I simply sit on the back of the toilet seat, and they sit in front of me – so it longer seems so big.  They feel safe, and are able to relax and go without the terrifying thought of “falling in” and the potty swallowing them up!

This stage ends as quickly as it starts, but it has been a big help when we’re traveling – as they transition to being strong enough to hold themselves up! 🙂

Posted on April 2, 2012, in Change, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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