Stuffing the Muffin

In an act of defiance, the little girl shoved the rest of the muffin into her small mouth... 

I was sitting in Panera pondering Psalm 66:18-20:

"If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!”

Two concepts jumped out at me: 

1. cherished sin 

2. God not listening to our prayers when we cherish sin. 

I understood the first, but not the second.  Cherishing sin is doing the very thing God has
asked us not to do. It’s valuing our sin more than the His loving warnings.

But how can God not hear our prayers?

As I was pondering this, a mother and young daughter sat down at a table close to me. The little girl, about four years old, sat in her mom’s lap as they played and laughed and gave each other hugs. Then the little girl asked if she could sit on the ledge of the fireplace and eat her muffin.

Her mother gave her permission and they continued to exchange light conversation, smiles and laughter until the little girl began eating too fast.

“Don’t take such big bites,” her mother warned, “You’ll make yourself sick.”

The child looked up for a moment and then, in an act of defiance, she shoved the rest of the muffin into her small mouth.

“Time out!” her mom said firmly, picking her up from the ledge of the fireplace and placing her back on a chair. “You didn’t listen to me.”

The little girl struggled to finish the massive amount of muffin in her mouth while loudly whining.

“I’m not listening,” her mother said calmly, “You’re in time out.”

The daughter tried a few more times to protest but o no avail. Her mother wasn’t ‘listening.’

After about five minutes, the child calmed down, mom talked to her about what she’d done, and she jumped back on mom’s lap for more play.

“Wow!” I thought, “I get it.”

This little girl had cherished her sin, valuing it more than her mom's loving warnings. Just like we can do with God.

And when we do this, God puts us in “time out” to get our attention. He doesn’t stop loving us, nor does He stop hearing us. But He stops 'listening' until we are ready to give up our rebellion and climb back into His lap.

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