Last week I wanted to get some exercise, so I asked my youngest if she wanted to ride her tricycle around the lake. Of course, she was thrilled. After lots of explaining that I might get ahead of her, we were off.
Needless to say, after only going a short distance I heard her crying. Not jut a little tear, but a terrified scream. When I asked why she was so upset, she said because I was leaving her. I’d completely forgotten, that even though I had explained what was going to happen, she did not understand until she was seeing it for herself. My jog “around” the lake became more like jogging back and forth to stay near her. I’m sure my neighbors were wondering what I was doing.
This morning she was begging to go jogging. She assured me that she would not cry, because she knew I would be on the sidewalk with her, even if I was not next to her. I really did not feel like exercising, as it had been a good, but long weekend. Reluctantly, I gave in and she came out with her “big girl bike”. She’s gotten more and more confident on it, so I was excited that she chose to take it instead of the tricycle.
The first time around the lake she got off at every incline, not wanting to fall or go to fast. But there were no tears, only smiles and singing.
As we rounded the corner to go a second time, she decided to ride her bike on all the inclines. I kept an eye on her and watched with a bit of fear as she started down the incline where she would have to quickly turn or she would hit a tree or fall. When she made it, she had the biggest smile on her face. It was obvious to anyone that she was proud of her accomplishment. AND if anyone saw my face, they would have seen the same. She took a chance and was successful. Whew.
It reminded me of how my Father sees me. I’m sure there are times when I walk my bike, afraid of the unknown or of failure. In time, though, I often get on to ride and find that I can do the very thing I was afraid of.
There are so many inclines in life that I would have rather not taken, but did. Sometimes I fell, sometimes I succeeded, but EVERY time my Heavenly Father was right there. Even when I thought I was alone and cried out in fear, He was there.
In fact, He’s always there. Never too far to hear or see me. Never too far to smile with pride, as I master the very thing He has put in my path. Never to far.