This Christmas I was pleased to receive a floor sweeping/mopping robot. I promptly named her 'Cinderella' aka Cindy. (It is a girl because boys won't really do what you tell them to when it comes to cleaning things.)
I put the girl to good use. Sometimes I place it on the floor and leave to do other things. Sometimes, I am in the room working on writing and look up to see how she is doing. It is all I can do not to move her and make her go the way I think she ought to go. Of course, the little robot doesn't work that way. It has a satellite guidance system and goes in a specific pattern. If I wait long enough, I can see that she has actually mopped the whole floor.
Today, as I watched her go through the dining room and living room, I wanted to intervene. I didn't because I know it will work out if I leave it alone. It reminds me of how I want to tell the Lord how to fix things in my life and in the lives of those I love. He has a purpose and a plan. It probably isn't exactly the way I would want Him to do things, but He knows best.
I see some of the people I love struggle. I want to give them a little push in the right direction. If I do that, they wouldn't see it as an act of love. They would see it as a shove to hurt them. Sometimes the only thing we can do is pray for them. Sometimes we are to speak the truth in love, but every time, it needs to be as a yielded servant of the Lord.
I am amazed at the loving care of God. "He knows the way that I take and when I am done, I will come forth as gold." I pray that I don't get in His way as He refines me and burns away the dross. I stand in awe at His work in my life. You can learn a lot from a robot.