God, a 3 year old, and Yotes

06 Feb

I’ve just returned from a daddy overnight with my 3 year old Levi.  Soon to be four year old, in March.  Levi has so been looking forward to his turn to take an overnight with dad.  So we took a quick run to the mountain/desert to see if we could smack us a yote. I can’t get the image of Levi’s smile out of my head.  He was so excited and did great for his first “real hunt” with dad.  Check out that smile!

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Levi taught me a very valuable lesson while on our trip… about God, a 3 old, and Yotes.   Think about it with me…

We got settled in about 8:30 a.m. on our 1st set with the sun rising over the mountain behind us, a calm breeze quartering to us and nessled in the rocks for cover while over looking a valley that was easily 400 yards across and stretched from north to south at least a mile and a half.   While sitting there it came to me in the blink of an eye.

They all require patience.


Let’s start with God… How patient must God be to put up with us.  I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve questioned God as to whether or not He actually heard me.  You know the answer to that… why of course He heard me, He is God.  I’ve learned that sometimes God’s answer is yes, sometimes no, and sometimes it’s wait.  Waiting as you can imagine is the hardest part.  That leads me to “a 3 year old”.

Levi at 3 has a patience meter of about 30 minutes.  It’s just the way he’s wired… he’s three.  From the time we got settled until the time he was ready to go somewhere else was no more than 30 minutes.  And now for the “yotes”.

Well the Yotes were patience and about 30 minutes “after” we left our first set… you guessed it. They were sitting on top of the set we just left barking and howling like nobodies business.  Just their way of saying… you should have been a little more patience, we were on our way, but you just didn’t give us enough time to get there.


35 Keep on being brave! It will bring you great rewards. 36 Learn to be patient, so that you will please God and be given what he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36


If you’ll allow me, can I challenge us to be open to the rewards of learning to be patience.  Regardless of what area of your life it is; spouse, children, work, a new business venture, a new product endorsement, a speaking engagement, or maybe even to just hold tight where you are.

I wonder if God is sometimes as I perceived the coyotes to be…  saying… you should have been a little more patience, I was on my way, but you just didn’t give Me enough time to get there.

Just a thought!

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Posted by on February 6, 2011 in Devotional


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