Shocked but safe

“Can’t complain” is an answer to “How are you?” but complaints are not sinful. What we complain about tends to be slight and part of the common experience. We hear human parents saying they love us but we are not so sure they do when we experience their resolute attempts to change our life’s course. In hindsight we can be shocked at our rush to grow up in the natural world but we know how much safety there can be when we hold ourselves open to parental discipline.

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; (4). and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, Nor faint when you are reproved by Him; (5)

Hebrews 12:4-5

We are all eager to grow up partly because we long for freedom and independence, but we also do not want to grow up because parents are our natural safety net.

Go slap that kid – worse is likely to happen if you don’t.

There is value in childlike attitudes of dependence in the spiritual world without regard to how old we are or how advanced our journey is. While we naturally and legally disengage from parental discipline in the natural world there is no end of discipline in the spiritual world. It is certain that divine discipline will shock us but when we are oriented towards God as children we will also be convinced that we could not be safer.