“No, I’m not 4 . . . “

Out of the mouth of babes . . .

We sat around the table at a ‘Catch the Fire’ meeting, sharing amongst ourselves what God has been speaking to us individually and taking down notes that will help craft songs for the season. Boo of life poured out what was laid on his heart, and to drive home his point, he shared with us the conversation he had with Drama Queen one morning as he tried to prepare breakfast:

“I was frying some eggs and she wanted to help. I told her to step aside as I didn’t want her to get hurt, but she wouldn’t listen. I explained to her that because she is only 4 years old, she isn’t tall enough to flip the eggs in the pan. Without a word, she went to the closet, picked up the step stool, put it right in front of the cooker, climbed on it and said “No, I’m not four, I’m standing on the stool”.”

The eternal God is your refuge,Β and underneath are the everlasting arms . . . Deuteronomy 33:27

Those words coming from our darling 4-year-old was the Lord speaking to him and pointing out how He wants us to see ourselves. So many times we have judged ourselves based on our abilities, limitations, weaknesses and even our strengths. There are times when our hearts have feared so much that we cowered at the sight of anything that looked even a little bit beyond our ability. But as I think about the young David standing before the giant that was Goliath, I wonder how he saw himself.

We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Numbers 13:33

That certainly wasn’t the mindset of David. Before Goliath, he stood tall and for only one reason:

David said to the Philistine, β€œYou come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1 Samuel 17:45

He knew who carried him. He knew who was backing him. He knew who sent him.

As DQ stood on that stool, she made a declaration that was way beyond her own understanding. She threw her present circumstance – which was her age and its subsequent height restrictions – out of the window and confessed the only possibility that resulted in the manifestation of her desires: “I’m standing on the stool”. Her restrictions were gone and in turn, the circumstance that caused it.

I can do ALL THINGS through CHRIST who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13

It would be wishful thinking if we ever thought we could do ALL THINGS on our own. But Paul was bold enough to make that confession because he knew for a fact that it had nothing to do with him, but the One who alone can do ALL THINGS – JESUS!

So just like DQ, whenever you are faced with an impossible situation, remember WHO IS CARRYING YOU!

Even to your old age and grey hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:4

Have some God-fidence!

37 thoughts on ““No, I’m not 4 . . . “

  1. Althea, this is very cool. I love the analogy with the four-year-old. We, too, are no longer mere babes or immature Christians. We are standing on the ROCK who is Jesus. We are who He says we are. All things are possible for us through Christ. We are no longer “condemned,” but have been bought (redeemed) by the blood spilled at Calvary. All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. When we speak to our “mountains” in the name of Jesus (even if our faith is no bigger than a tiny mustard seed!) the mountains must obey. Thanks for your continuing ministry. Have a blessed day in Jesus!

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  2. Oh, that last passage:
    Even to your old age and grey hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
    I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
    Isaiah 46:4

    Even when we ARE 4 years old! Even when we are kicking and screaming. Even then God will sustain us. He made us and will carry us. He will sustain and rescue us.
    Oh, amen!!

    I love how you receive the Spirit’s Interpretation of your children. God loves you, and them; He supplies the ears and hearts to receive His gifts. We can see ourselves through God’s Eyes; and we can see others (and our children) through His Eyes.

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  3. OK GOD never ceases to amaze me…….writing a post on my blog and just finished posting Deuteronomy 33:27. Decided to take a break and come visit here…….and notice your first scripture!! When GOD speaks to us twice, I take special notice to the message before me……..HE sustains us in all things, in all ways, at every age, and in every season! Let us glorify HIM for this! Needed to hear your words today friend!

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  4. What trust her little heart had that she could do it with a little help. Kids are usually are more trusting then us. we say, I can do without any help then get into trouble and whammmm, we are yelling for help. Great reminders of when God is in it, it will get done.

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  5. Tosin, your 4 year old daughter sounds a lot like my almost 4 year old granddaughter, Eleanor. My daughter posts “Eleanor sayings” on Facebook all the time, for she comes up with some good ones.

    I liked your analogy. Very good! Yes, we need to not be hindered by human limitations and we need to see our potential through God’s eyes, for where we can’t, He can! And, I have realized that even more these past six weeks when I was battling sickness that just would not let up. If I started to get better, then I got another wave of it, and then again. But, the past 3 days have shown significant improvement, praise the Lord! I have had energy the past 3 days that I have not had for six weeks.

    Anyway, I could have just taken the time off, and no one would have blamed me. I could have just put my feet up and just took a vacation. But, the Lord actually increased my writing during my sickness. I felt I was being tested and it was to see if I would obey God even when I had absolutely nothing to give and all I wanted to do was sleep. But, I found that his strength was enough, like the stool, like the Rock, which is Jesus. When we come up short, his strength will see us through. We just have to believe him. And, we have to stand on that stool (Rock) for our support.

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    1. Amen, Sue. I have much catching up to do with you. Your testimony is an encouragement to me to stay on course even when it feels hard. God gives grace to those who recognise their need for Him. I’m glad you’re stronger now. I love you.

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      1. Tosin, thank you. Glory to God! I love you, too. I do hope you will have time to catch up soon. I enjoy our conversations. You encourage my heart. I have had 5 good days in a row so I praise the Lord for good health.

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