The prompt for this week is…
I remember watching my son when he was around 2 years old trying so hard to learn how to jump. He would use all the strength in his little body and I could see the concentration and focus as he would squat, look up, and fling his arms and shoulder up in the air. Yet no matter how hard he tried, how much he willed, his two little feet just would not cooperate and would remain solidly planted on the ground. He tried and tried, always with a smile on his face, and never seemed to get frustrated or want to give up even though all his efforts seemed fruitless. It was quite amusing to watch. He did this for weeks, maybe months.
I can’t recall when he finally jumped for the first time. Somewhere along the line, his muscle coordination and his growth in life caught up with what his brain and will had been trying to command his body to do for so long. His little feet finally got off the ground, first one at a time and then both at a time. He was exhilarated and has not stopped jumping ever since.
Our faith in the Lord is kind of like that. We can will ourselves and try with all our might to believe, to trust, to take that leap of faith. We know God cares for us and the safest thing for us to do is to abandon ourselves to His wise hands. Though we might know this in our head and exercise all our willpower to believe it, somehow it seems our little feet are still firmly planted on the earth along with all our doubts and anxieties. But that shouldn’t cause us to be frustrated or discouraged, instead we should happily fling all those anxieties and doubts upward to our heavenly Father. Eventually the growth in life within us will catch up and we’ll jump and keep jumping.