Recently, I had the opportunity to take a walk with my granddaughter as she took her new “big girl bike” for a spin through the neighborhood. The tires were still squeaky clean and there was no dirt on the pedals yet. She needed to get some practice on this new treasure.
As she rode through the neighborhood, she would occasionally strike a bump in the pavement or see up ahead some obstacles that would impede her smooth ride (a few stray toys or a car parked in a driveway) and she would panic — not knowing how to navigate past the minor details along the road. None of these things posed a real hazard to her safety as her mom was walking alongside her throughout the journey and of course I was close behind.
Be strong and courageous. Don’t tremble! Don’t be afraid of them! The Lord your God is the one who is going with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 GWT
How many times have you or I stopped in our tracks with fear in our hearts over the things we see? Are you presently facing some rough terrain that you can see in the not-so-far-off distance? Maybe you don’t see detours or obstruction but you’re fearful that they’ll spring up on you anyway — and that you won’t have a backup plan or a secondary route. Expectations of a carefree trail is eroded by the weeds that spring up and buckle up that otherwise flawless pavement. Memories of hard times flash across your mind and stir up anxiety of the ‘what ifs’ and your blood pressure rises with worry.
The training wheels on my granddaughter’s bike were a means for her to ‘get accustomed’ to the eventual goal of riding with less worry of losing her balance while she gains it. And sometimes GOD does something similar with us as adults. The life lessons we experience are ‘training wheels’ for when other situations happen to find us further down the road. Everything is redemptive. Our mishaps (the stumbles and falls we take) and even the frustrations we experience when we can’t seem to steer straight or obstacles block our smooth pathway. Believe it or not, GOD even redeems the angry fits we have when we confess them to Him. We eventually learn that the tantrum is not worth the energy. The ability to balance the many tasks comes from prioritizing Him before the tasks.
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:2-4 NLT
And by joining Him in the journey as we get to know Him better. Our trust in His ability to save us and protect us increase as we learn how much He loves us.
I invite you to increase your trust in the Lover of your soul. He calls you His Special Possession. If your trust in Him needs strengthening or you’ve not developed a track-record with Him, call upon Him now, Friend, and begin your own journey with Him. He will not disappoint you and you will gain a much better perspective of that road up ahead.
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary