Walking Closely with our Heavenly Father

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NASB)

Painting by Lindsay Dawson

My son Cameron took his family to Hawaii for a vacation this week. They lived there for four years, so it felt like going home to them. They had so much fun taking my one year-old grandson Clark to the beach and watching him experience sun, sand and surf, for the first time.

He loved the sand as it ran through his chubby fingers, though he didn’t relish the taste too much. He was fascinated by the gently rolling waves of the ocean and eager to explore it’s sparkling blue depths, but only if daddy was holding him closely. As they walked deeper into the ocean with the waves splashing up around them, Clark giggled and laughed, enjoying every moment, but if daddy held him out to experience the bouncing ocean on his own, he whimpered and cried, reaching out to daddy to hold him tight again.

As long as Clark was close to his daddy, he could do anything: jump up and down in the waves, swim with the current, even dunking under the water was a great adventure in his daddy’s arms.

Why do we feel the need to be independent and do everything on our own? We say, “I shouldn’t rely on the Lord, I need to stand on my own two feet!” That’s just foolishness! Clark could have never experienced the Hawaiian beach without his parents. It would have been like looking at a picture wondering what sand and that blue expanse really were. But with his daddy he could experience life first hand, feeling the sand, walking in the sand, even tasting the sand, all with the guidance and protection of his father. Frolicking in the waves of the ocean was easy, safely tucked in his father’s loving arms.

We experience life to the fullest when we are walking closely with our Heavenly Father. Trusting Him to take care of us as we wander together into deep water. We can go places and experience things we could never do alone, but with the Lord, it’s a great adventure.

Prayer: My Father, soften my pride and my self-reliance, so I can experience life more fully with you. I love you Lord. Amen

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

3 thoughts on “Walking Closely with our Heavenly Father

  1. I felt like I was right there with Cameron and Clark. It is so true Linda all you just said. When we try to do this life without our Heavenly Father’s protection and guidance, it just does not come out well. When we rely on Him each day, He will lead us and carry us through life’s joys and storms. Praise God for all His love and comfort to us. Have a Blessed and Beautiful Thanksgiving to all my sisters in Christ! Love, Susan


    1. You are such an encouragement to all of us. You live out this principle every day. I love to see the way you cling to our Heavenly Father. Blessings to you dear sister.


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