I remember when I was growing up I did not always understand what my parents were doing. I wasn't always privy to why they made the decisions they did. But I trusted them. So when a decision was made that seemed a little strange to me, I always rested in the fact that they loved me and were doing what they thought was best.
My Christian walk is a lot like that. I may not always understand where God takes us or why He allows certain things in our lives, but as Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." I trust Him. He is good. That's all I need to know.
I think we could use a little more of that. We always called it giving others the benefit of the doubt. Let's just assume they are doing what they think is best. Not everyone is going to agree on how to accomplish a task. If you don't agree with them, just give them the benefit of the doubt.
If you are in the midst of an older child adoption, or if you have a hard-to-handle student in your classroom, you may be wishing others would assume the best of you. Until you do something full time, you never really know what it's like. Until you have that student in your classroom every single day or until that kid moves into your house and becomes a part of your every moment, you really are just guessing how it must feel.
I could use a little benefit of the doubt from others this week. You will not fully understand our struggles. We will be able to hold it together to look good for a while, but at some point, things may go south and look a little hectic. Stick with us. Trust that I love this new one and would give my life for her. Trust that this isn't my first rodeo and we haven't had her all that long. Give me the benefit of the doubt and know that this season passes. Because it does.