I was about 18, in my freshman year of college when I begged my mom to allow me to go to a frat party. “Mom, please!”, I begged. “You’re not going to like it there. You have no business being on that side of town this late at night”, she responded. After about an hour of begging and pleading, my mom ended the conversation with this: “Curfew is at 2, don’t make me come get you!”. All was good. My friend and I were set to go out with hours to spare. I was in denial at how much my mother knew her child; because as soon as we arrived to the club with security outside checking for weapons, I KNEW I had no business being there.
I often tell that story to people, when I describe myself as a homebody.
Isn’t it funny how God and our own parents are identical in many ways?
How many times do we beg God to allow us to cross into forbidden places, relationships, and jobs because we think we know what would make us happy? I don’t know about you, but I do so often. I forget that the creator of everything, including myself, knows everything.
Psalm 20:6 says, “Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.”.
As I was sitting in a corner, somehow separated from my friend in a club full of people, I grabbed the phone to call my mom. I explained how uncomfortable I was, and how she was right. I went on and on about never asking to go out again, until my mom cut me off by asking, “Do I need to come get you, because I will!”. It has taken me years and many reminders from God to remember that He often says that same thing to us. When we go against His will, and even when we claim to know more than God, He is still so crazy about us that despite the forbidden territory we have crossed into, He will still come and get us EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.
Needless to say, I never begged my mom to go to another frat party. Now that I think of it, I think that was the night that I became a hardcore homebody.
Despite how many times God has to save us, even from ourselves, he always saves His anointed.