Psalms 18:29 (NIV)
With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
Last week I took my granddaughter to an indoor play area at our local mall. Actually, we originally went there to get some yummy Chinese for lunch. However, when she saw all the children running, jumping, climbing and screaming she looked at me with those big sparkling eyes and starting pointing and pleading, “Play MawMaw, play?!” OK, this MawMaw’s heart melted in about 2.2 seconds and said, “Of course we will play honey.”
Now Baby-bop is petite for her age, but she is one tough little chickadee. She is only one and a half, but she struts around like she is fully grown. That is probably because she is around adults most of the time being an only child.
The play area was completely surrounded by a huge couch for adults to sit and relax on while their little monsters ran to and fro. This MawMaw was still kind of leery of letting her precious little monster just go and play. I mean there was some bigger kiddos in there. The toys were huge and slippery. By the way, who makes a play area where we tell you socks only and then makes all the climbing thingies slick and slippery. I mean really??
When we first entered, Baby-bop must have been a little apprehensive as well. She clung to my hand pretty tight and held blanky ever so closely as she sucked her thumb. She watched the kids very carefully, cocking her head when she couldn’t quite figure out where they disappeared. Then smiled when they came down a slide or out the other end of a tunnel.
Soon, she dropped my hand and wondered a little closer. Then she started giggling and clapping her hands as she watched several boys playing tag. Before I knew it, blanky was left on the ground and she was screaming off into the distance.
Occasionally, she would turn and make sure I was still there. Sometimes she would scream, “Look MawMaw” and point to something or simply want me to watch her. A few times she came and grabbed my hand and pulled me over to make kids move out of the way or help her climb up something.
As I sat on that couch listening to her shouts of glee and occasional frustration, I saw a glimpse of us through God’s eyes.
I mean this must be what it is like for him to watch us take those first few steps into a new journey. At first, we are frightened but we step out. Then as we familiarize ourselves we slowly try new things, meet new people and then in a blink of His eye, we are off to the races.
Like my granddaughter, I hope you never forget help is always there. Sometimes we just want to yell, “Look at me God, I’m doing it!” Other times, we are racing back because we are curious or frustrated and need him to show us the way. Yes, there are even times we come back hurt and crying. But just like MawMaw, God will pick you up, cuddle you, dust you off and then send you back on your way.
You see even though it is nice and warm and safe cuddled in God’s arms, God knows we have to get back up and go again. Yes, we could get hurt again, but we also get to love, learn and be filled with joy again too. With his help we can advance against the troops; with our God, we can scale the walls!
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