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When Mud Puddles Are OK


With all the rain this past winter and spring our muddy yards, and driveways reminded me of the day our first two girls Tami, and Sonya, as preschoolers, managed to find the biggest mud puddle on our property. Not only did they find it... they jumped into it. Once Gilda saw them, her motherly instincts gave way to the humor in their sheer joy of jumping, rolling and kicking in that big ole puddle. It remains in my mind vividly due to the photograph she took as they romped in the muck, screaming and shrieking with pure joy. For those preschoolers, it might as well have been an Olympic swimming pool. Though we both laughed and took pictures, we did teach them that this was NOT the best way to swim. Can you imagine those two girls, now mothers of their own children, outside jumping, rolling, and kicking in a big ole mud puddle?  Yet, many of the things we do and believe are built on knowledge gained as a child; things we should have grown out of. 1 Cor 13:11-12 says, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." (NKJV) How often do we appear to God as grown-ups acting like children when we pout, or become angry over foolish things that should be dealt with in love as the adults we really are? Whatever problem you are dealing with from the past, as an adult, give it to God and wait for His instructions on how to conquer it. That's what adults do, we don't play in the puddle, we step around it, or even better... we fill them up and get rid of them.