Life in the Nursery

Isaiah 3:4-5a

“And I will make boys their princes, and infants shall rule over them. And the people will oppress one another, every one his fellow and every one his neighbor; the youth will be insolent to the elder.”

If tyrants horde things at the expense of others, pursue their own pleasures at the pain of others, and trumpet their own voices at the censorship of others, is there any greater tyrant than a toddler? My two-year-old daughter might be cuter than Cindy Lou Who in Christmas pajamas, but I wouldn’t put her in charge of my home 
for a minute. Toddlers don’t lose sleep over bad press, nor do they waste time campaigning for public approval. They just scream “MINE!” and “NOW!” with unrelenting vigor until they get what they want. Come to think of it, that sounds a lot like the world outside our front door, doesn’t it?

But Christian, remember the prayer Christ prayed for us in John 17:16-17: “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” So be a nurse in the pediatric ward today. Overcome the clamor of rebellious children with the love of the Father.