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