parallels with baby
One of my favorite things to do with Baby is to swing her high up into the air and watch the smile on her face. I never let go of her, but simply listen to her adorable giggles and laughs, and I laugh along with her. She's completely unaware of the danger she is in. Potentially, I could drop her. I could throw her. But the thought never even crosses her mind. Why? She trusts me. Because I have never dropped her before, she believes that she is safe. God has never let us go; even when it feels like we're being thrown, trust that He has it all under control.
Near our Thanksgiving table sat a small space heater. It was hot, but not hot enough to burn at a touch. U'ilani walked over to it, at which point we told her, "no." She listened hesitantly, and walked away. She came back a bit later, we said "no" again, and again she obeyed, though slower than before. Once more she came back and looked at the heater. She knew that we had told her it was dangerous and bad. But she reached out and touched it, and immediately recoiled her little hand. She began to cry, and we were all sad, but we knew that she needed to learn the lesson, even if it required pain. We knew she would not be really hurt by this heater, but if she didn't learn her lesson now, she could be seriously burned by a different one. Sometimes, we go through pain because God is saving us from something else. Severe mercy.
Finally, she became so discouraged that she fell down on the floor and started crying. I knew she hadn't listened to my advice or heeded my direction, but I also knew that she simply felt defeated. I grabbed her up in my arms and comforted her until she felt ready to try again. Even though we don't deserve it, God is always ready to comfort and forgive.