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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Obedience (01/31/05)

TITLE: The Child's Struggle
By Barbie Jones


Little R sighed heavily wondering what Big R was going to say this time. “When will I learn to control this temper? She knew it made Big R sad when she lost control and said the first thing that came to her, but this time she just couldn’t help it. Mr. Wilkins was wrong and he needed to be told.

As Little R pouted and pondered an idea popped into her head, maybe… Big R would let up on her if she tried really, really hard not to get angry again.

She and Big R were inseparable and Little R couldn’t bear the thought of being banished.

Little R smiled and wrapped her arms around herself. She did a little antsy jig and said, “I know Big R loves me and wants me to behave, but oooh sometimes it’s not so easy! She just don’t understand that I ain’t’ like her. Obedience is very important to Big R because it makes Heavenly Father happy, but…” A mischievous thought popped in her head. She giggled, remembering the time at school when she put a frozen chicken foot in her friend Ruthie’s desk. She shook her head and finished her thought, “ugh, it just ain’t no fun being goody goody all the time.”

Little R called out to Big R but got no reply. “Humph! She’s still angry with me.” She did her jig again and began to jump up and down with an imaginary rope.

Through breathing and counting she said, “Grown folk sure get upset a lot. Ain’t nobody perfect! Big R always says Christians need to have fun sometimes. What I said to Mr. Wilkins wasn’t all that bad, but it sure made her mad at me. Anyway, I don’t see the big deal about telling ole Mr. Wilkins to talk to the hand. I wanted to tell him a whole lot more, but Big R stopped me. He almost made her cry, and man, it’s hard to make Big R cry. I was ready to fight him then.

Big R finally spoke, “Little R, I’m really disappointed in you. You shouldn’t have said anything to Mr. Wilkins, now I feel really bad. I’m going to have to apologize for your behavior. Do you know how hard I’ve been trying to make our relationship work? He’s one of my bosses. I can’t have you blowing up at everyone you think is out to hurt me. God will fight my battles, how many times do I have to tell you?”

Feeling guilty Little R replied, “I’m sorry Big R, but he hurt you. He almost made you cry.”

Big R smiled and said, “I know sweetie. It’s not all your fault. I kind of wanted you to tell him off. Of course the Holy Spirit convicted me about that and I felt bad all night. That thing was eating away at me.”

“I know and if it makes you feel any better, I didn’t like telling ole’ Mr. Wilkins off cause I feel kind of sorry for him. If he was like Humpty Dumpty, he’d be splatted all over the floor.”

Big R laughed. It's great that Little R is slowly beginning to accept her chastening.

Big R was finally getting through to her inner child whom she named Little R. It took her awhile to get in touch with Little R, but she did, and now she’s teaching her how to love, forgive and walk in complete obedience to God.

In the beginning Little R was suspicious of everyone, even Big R, but no more, because Big R is trying to help her understand the ways of righteousness and how to please God.

The two embraced and chalked up their latest confrontation to growing up spiritually. They were in for a long journey, but at least now, they both understood that one of their constant companions would be obedience and they welcomed it.

“Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit”.

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