Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Friday, February 7, 2020

When I Can't Trust My Own Legs to Carry Me

This picture brings back a lot of memories.  It's me and my oldest daughter Ariel on her 1st birthday. At the time of this post, she's now 22. It takes me back to when both my girls were growing up.

Though it seems like almost a lifetime ago, that smile on my face still feels pretty fresh.
I remember going through the phases of them first sitting up on their own, then holding themselves up on their legs, then actually taking a few steps while holding my hand. I remember that magical time when they teetered between needing me to help them and gaining the confidence to walk on their own.

Those precious few days in there when you know they will be walking soon is such a momentous time as a parent. Thoughts of "will she start walking today" dominated my mind and seemed to be the most important thing going on in the world; well it was in mine.

I can still see my babies' beautiful faces as they were standing up, looking around with nervous excitement and thoughts in their sweet little heads that went from "I think I can" to "I know I can't". Confidence would take over for a moment, and they'd lift up that little foot and smile; both hands up in the air, ready to run the world. But...the world must have been turning a little too fast; they'd look back at me as if to say, "I'm not quite ready". Then they would hold out their hand for me to hold it with mine...and they would walk.

I thank God for blessing me with children, and for using my life experiences with them to paint pictures that give me a better view of Him. See, He knows that there are so many times, even as an adult who's supposed to have it all together, that I feel like my babies felt when they were learning how to walk. Some days the world looks so big and I feel so small; and the things I have to do and the responsibilities I have to carry feel like way too much.

But I am so glad that God says to me "For I hold you by your right hand--I, the LORD your God. And I say to you, 'Don't be afraid. I am here to help you.' " Isaiah 41:13 (NLT). And that reminds me that even when I can't trust my own legs to carry me, I can always trust God's hand to hold me.

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