I’m going to get a little over spiritualized in this post. Just go with it.
Potty training is HARD. Sometimes, waiting on God is HARD! Therefore, sometimes God is like potty training.
I seriously dreaded teaching my kid to pee in a toilet. We stayed home from church on Sunday so that we had the entire day and so that I would have the help of Daddy the first day. (On another note, dads should get paid potty training leave! It is a two adult job.) The first three days we had zero success. Well, in full disclosure she did pee in the potty once. It was during a temper tantrum so I think it just kind of happened. There was definitely no intention on her part. I can’t even count the number of towels we went through cleaning up pee from the floor. Toddlers hold A LOT of pee! My dear daughter would pee on the floor (or closet, counter top, or dining room chair) and run to me screaming, “Uh oh! Towel Mommy. Towel. I sowwy.” Twice on day three I almost gave up. I mean seconds away from throwing in the towel – that is the numerous towels I threw in the washer. But I was determined to not buy diapers again and I didn’t want to have wasted the previous 72 hours of torture.
Everyone said that one day it would click. Day 4, boom, it happened! She had three successful pee pees in the potty and 1 successful poop. And 1 pee outside when she let herself out the doggie door. We just won’t count that one. 🙂 She can totally tell us when she needs to go and she will run to the bathroom. She still may sit there for half an hour (at least!) and it takes a lot of concentration on her part, but she is getting it. For those thinking, ‘ if this girl thinks she is done potty training she has a few surprises in store’, I am fully aware that we have many accidents and most likely some regressions ahead of us but we have progress. And practice makes progress. Oddly enough, I feel like her attitude has been better the last few days as well. Maybe that is just God allowing me to keep my sanity.
So, how is potty training like God? Sometimes in life we have no hope. (I’m speaking of more than potty training here as that would be quite the dramatic statement.) Sometimes we feel overwhelmed and desperate. Sometimes we just need help yet we feel so far from getting it. But God has the ability to change any situation in an instant. The impossible becomes possible, the sick become well, the weak become strong.
“The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have gospel preached to them.” Matthew 11:5 NKJV
Faith in God is a wonderful thing. He brings hope in all situations. With Him, life is not hopeless. Even in the bad, we know that God makes all things work together for good.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV
Again, I realize this has nothing to do with potty training. But for me, the quick turn around of complete failure, to the start of success was a reminder of how quickly God can change our circumstances.
Let’s take this potty training thing in a whole different direction. On day 1 of our potty training venture I saw a woman’s post that talked about her potty training tips. She included a picture of her boy sitting alone on his potty. He was a beautiful boy that so happened to have no arms or legs. This women never mentioned that little detail once in her comment. I’m sure the boy wasn’t even aware of the challenges he has that others toddlers don’t have. If this lady could potty train without even mentioning the challenges of teaching a squirmy little boy without limbs how to get on and off a potty by himself while maintaining a sweet spirit and a smile herself, surely I can handle potty training my girl with fully functioning limbs. Someone always has it more difficult than us. It is our responsibility to praise God in all circumstances no matter if they are life threatening or as simple as teaching a toddler to pee pee in the potty.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 9 NKJV