Thank You Father for another day of life and lessons. Thank You for Your love, patience, guidance, protection, and correction.
May my confidence always be in You and not man, in You and not me. For Your creations are clueless and it is only through You may we see, hear, feel, speak, and know anything.
I keep trying to remind myself of this but keep failing. Thank You Father for loving me enough to patiently wait for me and for lovingly redirecting me. To You I give all of the glory. Only through You are all things are possible. Amen.
This happens to be one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Ironically, I struggle daily with letting go and letting God. Ironically, I continue to rely on self-confidence, self-achievement, self…self…self.
Do you see the problem?
I’m supposed to be turning to God for all things, small and big. I’m supposed to allow things to be His will, not mine. No self-recourse. Only His intervention. No retaliation. Only His judgment.
My confidence wanes and wanders. God’s is steady and eternal. My abilities are limited. His are endless.
So why do I keep relying on my limit resources when I could depend solely on God’s overflowing abundance?
It’s simple. I’m ignorant and foolish. The “know-it-all” inside of me keeps thinking that certain things God just wants me to handle. But the servant in me knows that God makes clear His intentions and His directives. It is my fear that stirs my impatience, that triggers my reaction to things, people, and circumstances. And God waits patiently for me to spiral through the mess I created, to then look me in my eyes to say “let go, hold My Hand, and let Me“.
I see my journey with God like a child walking down the street or through a shopping center with their parent. At first you’re holding hands, obediently walking by your parent’s side. Then something catches your attention—and your hands disconnect. Now you’re no longer side-by-side. You’re so consumed with this distraction that you’re no longer focused on obediently holding your parent’s hand, and walking where they instructed.
Your parent now has to stop their forward progress to call your name and wait for you to stop what you’re doing and catch up. Or they have to turn around, walk backwards to where you are, ask for your hand (or grab it), and escort you back to the place on the path where you last stood.
God is the patient Parent who continuously stops and lovingly waits for us to get back on the path, holding His Hand. Even through His interventions to redirect us, He does so with love.
No human could do this consistently, especially not with multiple children. Our frustration would get the best of us and a meltdown would ultimately occur resulting in us losing control, making a scene, and bringing the attention of everyone who is near to see.
This example that I just shared is a lesson in not only being an obedient and respectful child, but it’s a lesson in parenting. Can you see both?
Oh we have so much to learn and experience. Praise God for his love, patience, guidance, protection, and correction. It’s our best example. We’re all works in progress—clay being molded!