Fingers then hand, wrist then arm disappear into soapy mix. Whispering words, “I-can’t-do-did-it. I did it!” Holding wash rag like a trophy above her head, she doesn’t notice soapy water running down her arm, dripping on pony tailed hair and splashing across her smiling face.
I applauded her success – and almost fell off the ladder laughing.
At that moment I felt a warm familiarity. Like a loving unseen hug...Was it God keeping me on the ladder; or something more?
I realized… that’s the way of My Papa. Our Papa. God.
At times it seems; He’s drawn back. I can’t hear Him, see Him or feel Him. I wonder if He’s there; if He’s even listening.
I move away when teaching a child to walk. And I let go when teaching one to ride bike. To harm? No. To watch them fall? Of course not.
Balance is gotten by standing on your own.
From “can’t to can” requires untying the “not.”
To help me grow; balance; pedal forward, He steps away.
All the while He’s watching as I move forward, toward what I think I can’t do; cheering as I overcome fear; smiling as I plunge deep and applauding when I succeed.
And whether I find the trophy or just get wet, the success is in the trying. He provides all I need.
Sometimes hearing God is in not hearing Him.
All I need to do is set my heart to want to. My job is to delight myself in Him.
I move forward calling out, “Papa help, I can’t do it on my own. I’m planning to plunge in, because I want to help.” If He allows me to continue and I don’t hear His voice – that is His voice.
That desire planted inside me is His voice leading me.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matt 6:33
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3: 5,6
PHOTOS: Granddaughter Nevaeh - (the handmaiden of the Lord:-), SUPER NEVAEH - I CAN DO IT !