Jumping with Faith

Jumping with Faith

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.

Some ways are more difficult than others.

Some ways are more difficult than others.

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 there for me, too.

God is there for me, too.

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.

Trust me. Have courage, friend.
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27 Comments

  1. This is so true! He will grab our hand if we will just extend it to Him. I seem to keep forgetting that simple step to extend it! Thanks for this reminder. I love the picture of you and your precious daughter on the rocks :).

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    • Thanks Candace!

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  2. It is hard to see what is coming at us down the road when we are so focused on the challenges right in front of us. It was sorta like cady and the big rock at the park. She wanted so badly to get to the top of the huge round rock. I showed her step by step where to put her feet and where to grab with her hands. She was halfway up the rock and froze shaking she cried out I am going to fall. She was so focused on the challenge she could not trust that everything would be ok. Judah was on the top pumping her with encouragement and loving statements. He told he she could do it. And I stood right behind her with my hands on her waist and my arms braced to help her up the rock. I was reassuring her. But instead of moving forward she stayed frozen trembling and crying saying I can’t I will fall!. Her fear of the challenges and the possibility of failure held her from the victory that was hers if only she would have trusted us. Trusting God is hard when we are so focused on right in front of us but if only we could see what he sees right? We do not get to see the master piece because we are a piece of the masterpiece! We just need to trust the master to do what is best for us even when it is hard and it is scary. A wise man once told me that God is the only one I can trust. Man will fail us but we can always trust God!

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    • Isn’t it the truth, Hannah? God is so trustworthy and will never let us down. Thank you for commenting!

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  3. I love those God moments when you have clarity and peace about taking the next step (or leap).

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    • Thanks, Elan!

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  4. Dana, I loved reading this and seeing the picture of you and your daughter. We do learn a lot from parenting, don’t we? Thank you for the reminded that God is always there. He will pick us up when we fall and continue to be with us through whatever comes our way.

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    • Thanks, Gayl!!

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  5. God’s perspective and ours… this seems to be a theme for me personally, lately. Thanks for the truths you’ve exposed just a little more for my heart to drink in… love visiting your page, Dana!!!

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    • Thanks, Christine. I love reading your blog, too!

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  6. Loved this! Great analogy. So important to keep the faith when things are scary or uncertain.

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    • Thanks, Melissa!

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  7. This is so lovely! Each of us has a different journey with a different set of challenges, but God is always there to help. We just need to reach out and accept his help. Thank you, thank you for sharing1

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    • Thank you for reading, Jen!

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  8. Keeping faith when times are scary is hard. In those times when I’ve had to trust when I couldn’t see a way through, have been the most refining moments in my life. Believing and holding His hand is all it takes. Beautiful post!

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    • Thanks, Alecia!

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  9. Amen! Beautifully said!

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    • Thank you, Melanie!

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  10. “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.” Gosh Dana I needed to read this today. I have been scared at what is before me. It seems so much bigger than me. Thank you for encouraging me today. And, your pics are precious! Blessings friend!

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    • Thank you, Carmen!

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  11. Dana, I love this analogy. I love how he doesn’t let us fall through the cracks of life. I love how no matter where we are on spiritual journey he is there for us. And, I loved seeing that picture of you in this post. Too cute. Thank you for blessing me with the truth in this message. Sometimes we just need to know his presence is close.

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    • Thank you, Kelly! I love it when God speaks to me through parenting-moments!

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  12. 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. — Love these words, Dana. Thanks for a great story. Beautiful family. #DanceWithJesus

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    • Thanks, Sheila!

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  13. Dana, this was an amazing read! Just a beautiful outlook on GOD and life. You have so blessed my heart. Thank you so much for sharing this! Infinite blessings to you, Love! :-)

    #DanceWithJESUSLinkup 😉

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  14. Beautiful metaphor Dana! This is one of my favorites:) Thank you.

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    • Thanks, Meg. I’m humbled that you take time to read my stuff here! Thanks for cheering me! :)

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