life and faith

Trying, holding and releasing as an act of faith

Trying, puffing and panting a bit, he rocks back, grinning with pride, eyes wide at his achievement. He examines the wonder of a pair of rubber boots on his feet, each somehow on the correct foot, all shiny and new. Look at me, his eyes smile. I did it!

We smile indulgently as toddlers discover how to achieve new skills. Putting on (and taking off) their own clothes and footwear by themselves is a sign of burgeoning independence.

Life is all about trying new things, especially for toddlers. They have many obstacles before them on the path to becoming able and capable of helping themselves.

As adults, we can cling too tenaciously to the safe and familiar, afraid of the very real risk of failure. Or hold too tightly to what we know instead of opening ourselves up to things beyond our comprehension.

Much of life consists of aspects of trying, holding and releasing.

The key thing is having wisdom and insight to know what to hold onto and what to relinquish. Click To Tweet

Thankfully, God gives them to us freely when we ask Him.

My grandson’s latest pet phrase is, “You do it; I can’t do it!” His weary parents may sigh at times because of his perceived need of help, while steeling themselves for the next likely stage whereby he will insist on doing everything himself whether competent or not.

What I love about the way he seeks help is his utter confidence in his parents’ ability to meet his requests. There’s no hesitation as he approaches them, only an expectation of being received with wisdom, guidance, kindness, love – and hopefully, patience!

How does this relate to our grown-up world? I see a tendency in me to cling tightly to safe and familiar, to hold hard onto God as my soul’s anchor and refuge, and to struggle sometimes to know when to release and let go of things. Maybe you do too?

Reassuringly, we can have every confidence in approaching our heavenly Father and being met with His unconditional love….

Please come over and read the rest at the Association of Christian Writers (ACW) ‘More than Writers’ blog  where I’m sharing this post as my monthly guest contribution.  You can click here to join me there…

PS: My usual five-minute-friday post will hopefully be resumed next week. Sadly, I’ve become too weary to join in today. Thank you for your grace.

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