Really, Sun? Come On!

mad pouty face emoticonWe’re traveling with our 12-year-old this weekend.  Driving down the interstate, I heard his whine from the back seat, “Really, Sun?  Come on!  Are you kidding me?”  Apparently, he viewed the sunshine through his car window as a personal offense…

My suggestion that he move to the shaded side of the car was met with a host of reasons he couldn’t move, presented in a pompous tone clearly intended to let me know how incredibly stupid I must be to suggest such a practical solution.

My amused query, “So what would you suggest?” led to a litany of complaints and solutions that he found more palatable.

“Just stop at the next store and buy a window shade!”  “Why can’t we go another way, so the sun will shine on the other side?”  “Why does the sun have to shine so bright, anyway?”  These all delivered in a tone in which he somehow managed to express both annoyance and condescension, simultaneously…while remaining completely oblivious to the ridiculousness of his position.

Parents of adolescents never need look far for entertainment…  🙂

The conversation got me to thinking, though.  I wonder how often I’m completely oblivious to my own ridiculousness?  How many times do I choose to complain or blame, to avoid changing my position?  How many times do I look for any solution, no matter how impractical or unlikely, to avoid a solution that I see as inconvenient?

How many times do I expect God to change my circumstances when the more obvious path would be to accept my circumstances for what they are and adapt my position, accordingly?

Seeing the ridiculousness of someone else’s behavior is always easier than seeing my own ridiculous expectations…

Your thoughts?

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10 thoughts on “Really, Sun? Come On!

  1. Great point, Joe! It seems we get to this point of ridiculousness when we see things from the perspective of how they revolve around ourselves. My needs, my wants, and what’s inconvenient to me. It drives me nuts to be around someone who can only see from their “me” perspective…and yet, I need to look at how often I do the same thing.

    • “It seems we get to this point of ridiculousness when we see things from the perspective of how they revolve around ourselves.”

      Yes, you nailed it, Laura! We describe it as “adolescent behavior” because these self-centered attitudes are typical of the adolescent stage of life.

      But…we’re all susceptible to these same attiudes, at times. And the truly scary part is that the whole attitude tends to blind us…to keep us from seeing our own bad attitude.

      So thankful for the Holy Spirit’s work!

      Thanks for the insight!

  2. We do tend to cross our arms and just complain no matter what the circumstance. “really?” God says. All this bounty and we still aren’t happy.

    I’m really striving for contentment no matter the circumstance

    • David, I keep thinking of Jonah. How Jonah pouted when the citizens of Ninevah repented…how he took personal offense at God’s grace toward Ninevah…and how he complained when the gourd tree wilted.

      I suspect I’m often more like Jonah than I’d like to believe…

      And, yes, the solution to discontent is thanksgiving!

  3. Agreed! I’m facing a difficult situation in an area of my life right now and this is a good reminder to me, Joe. I need to look for the many ways God is already blessing me–accepting what is because I must trust that God is always in control. And perhaps He’s using these difficult circumstances to bring about a result in me and others that wouldn’t have been possible any other “easy” way. Thanks for the perspective shift. 🙂 Enjoy your Labor day!

    • Praying for you, this morning, Beth! That God will give you an extra measure of wisdom and insight; that He will speak clearly to you and give you confidence that you are hearing His voice in this difficult circumstance. And that He will continue to work out His will and purpose in your life, through all circumstances that he allows to enter your life.

      God bless you!

  4. I can definitely relate to this. Unfortunately. ha. My complaints always seem so legitimate! Not. I rarely can see that in the moment, but looking back, I’m still quite an adolescent myself when I choose to complain. Thanks for the wake-up call this morning to look at the bigger picture.

    • Same here, Lisa! I’m learning to pay attention even to the time of day. Late evening, when I’m tired and ready for bed, I’m much more likely to fall into that adolescent perspective where every issue appears to be someone else’s fault.

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