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Posted on 13 December, 2015 at 23:55

My sister and her granddaughter were over my Mother’s house this weekend. When her granddaughter got a little out of hand, my sister told her she was going in time out. Time out consisted of my sister holding her for a few minutes, then she would put her down to run around the house again. I found it interesting because her granddaughter is only one years old, and I thought to myself “what does she know about a time out”? What blew my mind was the way my sister's granddaughter responded when she was told she had to go in time out.


It went like this; I believe she was having a tantrum because she was told to stop doing something, my sister said to her " you are going on time out come here", (now this was the first time I heard her tell her this so I was looking at her, like she was out of her mind because she was expecting this one year old to voluntarily come to her,) her granddaughter got up from her tantrum and walked over to her. However she stood in protest in front of her, because she did not want to be held in her time out. However my sister just kept saying "come on come on you going into time out". After she seen that the protest was not working and my sister wasn't going to change her mind; she calmly walked over to my sister and reached her hands up so she could pick her up (I was absolutely shocked!) and my sister said to her you have three minutes and stated what time it currently was (now keep in mind her granddaughter is only one she can't tell time)


My sister's granddaughter sat there quietly in her grandmothers arms for those minutes, and when her time was over my sister let her go and she went about her business. I was so intrigued by this process because personally I thought “she is just a baby she doesn't understand this process” even more so I didn't believe she would comply with it.


The very next day God brought the interaction between my sister and her granddaughter back to my memory. He said to me that when we; the children of God get out of line he too must chastise us. God brought me to Proverbs 3:12” For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth”. He also stated that just as my sister's granddaughter protested about being put into time out, we do the same as well. When correction comes instead of just accepting it, we try to explain our way out of it. You know some of the excuses we make " I didn't mean it like that, I didn't plan for it to happen, it was a mistake (or this one) I had no choice! However the Lord brought me to Galatians 6:7” Be not be deceived; God is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.


 Listen I want to say this plainly the way God gave it to me. When we are in disobedience, or doing things that God is unpleased with, or have done something that God wants to correct, or stepped out of the will of God; it doesn't matter how much we protest; correction shall come. Stop trying to strain and agonize over entering into correction; because just like my sister sat there with her hands out waiting for her granddaughter to surrender to her time out, God is waiting too. Surrender and give up the tantrum it doesn't change the judgement; your just prolonging the inevitable! When my sister’s granddaughter surrendered to her timeout all the screaming and crying stopped, and peace and calm was rewarded to her as she sat in her grandmother’s arms.


People of God listen if you find yourself in our Heavenly Fathers judgement, I suggest you surrender quickly to his correction. God is a good Father who loves you, and even though he is correcting you there will still be calm and peace in the midst of your correction. Although you might not understand God’s time clock (like my sister's granddaughter didn't understand her time) His time is perfect and fare.


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