Honestly, I don’t know how my son ended up like this. (Probably one of the siblings being funny.)
But, as you can see, K was NOT happy with his circumstances.
Since no one else in the house would help untie him, he came waddling in to his loving mother, who promptly snapped photographs of him in all his discontented glory.
(Poor little guy.)
However, after I snapped the first pic, a huge smile erupted onto his face and he began laughing…
Suddenly, his being tied up with a rope didn’t seem so bad. He’d found contentment (or at least something to be happy about) despite his “afflictions.”
Paul talks of his contentment in Philippians 4:11…
…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content
Contentment comes from knowing Who is in charge.
K knew that if Mommy was taking the time to take pictures, he couldn’t be in too bad of shape. I was in charge of the situation and he didn’t worry how things would turn out.
If we know Who is in charge and how He is working for our good, then we won’t feel so desperate and so out of control.
And while my previous analogy makes a point, let me clarify that God is nothing like a mother who rather than come to her child’s rescue, spends time doing something petty like taking a photograph of her child’s distress. God is perfect and loving toward His children and if He delays, it is only because the time is not right to rescue you from your afflictions.
May you find contentment today amidst whatever trials you may be facing. He WILL give you rest.