The other day our 10 month old granddaughter made her way into our kitchen to investigate. She is walking now, so the “vertical view” is exciting to her and her curiosity has been piqued. Watching her explore was a simple but powerful illustration for this simple heart of mine.
As independent and strong as she thinks she is, well… she is 10 months old! As a result, one of us is usually standing beside her or following behind her as she sets out on her adventures. In this particular instance, it was my husband who was right beside her as she tried to open every cupboard on her level in our kitchen.
With sheer determination and all the strength she could muster, she stood there trying with all her might to open those cupboard doors. What she didn’t know, was that her grandpa was holding the top of the door closed (with very little effort, I might add) so she couldn’t get into the things inside.
She knew that he was beside her, but she never thought to look up. She was simply determined to get inside that cupboard!
It may not seem like a big enough analogy to call a revelation, but here’s what I saw in that moment. I have often talked about “open” and “closed” doors. I have tried to respect closed doors and walk through open doors whenever possible.
Suddenly, I realized that closed doors may not be permanently closed! They just may be closed for our own good now. As we grow and mature, more adventures are released to us.
In this particular instance with our granddaughter, we know exactly what is tucked away in the shelves behind the doors she was trying to open. It is our game closet. It is full of our family’s games that have brought us hours of fun throughout the years. There is nothing “bad” in that cupboard; our granddaughter is just far from ready for them yet.
Her natural inclination would be to pull everything out. She would squeal with delight at her conquest. Boxes would tumble, assorted pieces would fall out and the metal tin of Apples to Apples could really hurt her. Paper game cards or tally sheets would go straight in her mouth and little plastic pieces would become a choking hazard.
So we hold the cupboards shut. For now, they are all a hazard to her. Little by little things will be revealed to her as she grows “in wisdom and stature” In the meantime, it’s time for some childproof latches!
Abundance is… trusting that our Father knows what’s best for us.