It is one of the things that drive me absolutely insane. It causes me to want to yell and hit somebody. It drives me on my knees to pray for self-control, patience and gentleness.
When my children fight… I think every parent has experienced this. I watch the argument develop. I try early intervention, but to no avail. It is like they cannot help themselves. I quickly think and analyse - is someone hungry, tired, in need of a hug? Another attempt at distraction. It doesn’t work, doesn’t stop. I get more frustrated. Can’t they see what a petty fight this is?!
When things have cooled down and I am washing dishes, it suddenly hits me. Is this how God the Father feels when he looks at us, his children? Frustrated and at times, furious at the petty fights we have, all the time?
When we honk at another car for driving too slowly. When we fight with our siblings over the inheritance at our mother’s deathbed. Or on a larger scale, when we start wars with other countries on false pretenses.
God has marvellous and surprising ways of teaching us through everyday situations. There is work to do to help our children handle conflict. And in the meantime, I pray that this verse speaks to you as it has to me. There surely is work to do on us as well!