The little blonde girl with her tiny pony tail struggled on the terrain. The boulders were bigger than her little 2-year-old self, laid out end-to-end all around her. The space between some of the boulders were massive voids, with depths too deep to get into without injury. She didn’t look far ahead to determine which path was best. She plodded onward, facing the situations in front of her, tough as it was.
The red-haired woman, leapt easily from one boulder to another. She was not thinking of the distance between most of them. The rocks were anywhere from 2-14 inches apart from one another. Jumping from one to the next was fun and easy. She looked ahead as she jumped, deciding which way was best to go. Her 34-year-old body was full of energy, joy, and ease. When the distance between rocks was too great, she simply stepped down one foot to the ground and stepped back up onto the next boulder. If there was water, she chose a different path to stay dry.
The location remains the same, but the perspective is different. For my daughter, age 2, it was a tough journey. She’s small but so capable to do whatever challenges lie ahead of her. (Plus, she’s got 3 older siblings to follow, so she must do what she can to keep up!) For me, the mother, it was not a challenging journey. But, I’m much taller, with long legs, and good balance. She’s two. She’s determined, but the journey was tough.
In the midst of this, I had a brief look into how God sees us. (How often I get those glimpses? Parenting has taught me a lot about how God sees me!)
I saw myself as the 2-year-old, struggling on the terrain, trying to stay tough and positive. Determining to rise to each challenge, no matter how frightening. Behind me, God is right there. He grabs my hand when I reach up to find Him. I don’t even have to turn my face to find Him; He’s right there, and I know it without seeing Him. His hand lifts me to the next sturdy rock, where I set my feet and keep walking. Sometimes, I stumble. He sees it. As he helps me to my feet, He says, “You’re doing great. Brush off your hands and knees. Let’s keep going.”
God is so much bigger than my troubles. I need to remember to keep faith when things are scary. I need to just reach my hand out and know that He will grab it and help me get to solid ground. No flailing. No whining. No fear. I just want to walk out my faith with courage and determination.
May you be blessed today with peace, as you reach out to God. He will grab your hand and help you through the tough terrain you’re in right now.
Grab Him. He’s there.