When I Make the Rules; I Can Break ’em

Zach has his learner’s permit and is doing pretty well with his practice driving. But, on a recent rainy night we let him drive and he wasn’t doing so well. Stacy and I both corrected him multiple times, but I finally had to tell him to pull over so I could take the wheel. As I got into the driver’s seat I punctuated my frustration with this statement. “And don’t plan on driving again for at least a week so you can think about how you need to improve.” Clearly a great fathering moment.

(Admittedly, the driving conditions were pretty bad and Zach hadn’t had much experience with this situation. So, perhaps we expected too much of him. After I got in the driver’s seat, I could feel his pain.)

The next day was Sunday. Because of the restriction, he didn’t drive our family to church, and to his credit, he didn’t complain. Later in the evening I met him after a youth function to participate in a missions meeting. After the meeting when we walked toward the truck I asked him if he wanted to drive. He responded, “I can’t. Remember?” My response was…

“Well, I made the rule so I guess I can break it.”

Zach smiled, pulled out his keys and took the wheel. As we drove home, we discussed this teachable moment. I was reminded that as his Father, I could break my own rules. There are are lots of applications here, but I thought about how God created the earth and the laws of nature. Consequently, He can break them when he chooses. For example…

  • He can make time stand still. (Joshua 10:12-14)
  • He can walk on water. (Matthew 14: 22-33)
  • He can cause a 90 year old woman to bear a child. (Genesis 17:17)
  • He can cause a virgin to give birth. (Matthew 1:18)
  • He can raise the dead. (John 11: 38-44, Mark 16)

This is just a beginning. Perhaps you could take some time to ponder yourself or with your family how God alone, the Maker and Sustainer of all things, can break the rules He created.