Button was just sour one day. Uncharacteristically rebellious. And we had to come down hard on her.
We sent her to her room, and she proceeded to trash her entire bed, including the blankets, toys, and prized items on it. There was just no end to the cantankerousness!
I put all her bedding, toys, and prized items in a trash bag. And then I read her this Bible verse:
For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king. 1 Sam. 15:23
I explained to her what rebellion was and how she was acting rebellious. I told her that this verse says that the way she’s acting is like being like a witch or worshiping a false god. And that people with rebellious hearts reject the word of the Lord, so He also rejects them. I explained to her that my job was to make sure her rebellious heart didn’t stick around and become a part of her because I did not want her to be the kind of person who God rejects. She understood the magnitude of her conduct, felt badly, and changed on the spot. It’s been several weeks, and we haven’t seen a sliver of rebellion since.
But this week, Button said to me, “Mama, there’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you about. Remember when you told me that if I had that ugly heart — what did you call it? Oh, yes, rebellious. If I had a rebellious heart then that means God would not want to have anything to do with me? Well, He might not want to have anything to do with me, but do you know what? He would still love me.”
She is so right. I think she understands Him better than I do.