Driving into work today traffic was light and there were fewer people out and about. That's probably why one mother and child caught my eye.
They seemed to be a fairly ordinary parent and child , heading off to school, wrapped up against the cold morning. But the thing that stood out for me was that mother and child were not travelling at the same pace.
You must have seen it before yourself-- the parent striding quickly, pulling a little one behind, whose legs could never keep up with the parent. The poor little mite ends up almost running as the parent seems oblivious to the discomfort of the kid In question. As I continued to watch them in my rearview mirror, it struck me how different that picture is to that of our Father God.
Praise God he walks at our pace. If we are slow at learning, he paces himself beside us and encourages us. If we are inclined to grasp the concept of a truth quickly he gives us more to digest.
But he never ever runs on ahead trailing us behind like dead weight. We are never slowing him down, and left feeling like a child being pulled behind their mom or dad.
His stride will always match out stride, he adjusts to accommodate our walk with him.
When the going gets tough, and we get too slow, he scoops us up in his arms and carries us. When we are afraid he comforts us, when lonely befriends us, but never looses patience with our little legs.
Amen Bethy! A beautiful picture of a Father whom loves us. I know many times He has had to carry me when my knees become feeble and my heart weary and heavy. What an awesome God we have!
Amen Bethy! What a wonderful picture of how God cares for us. He doesn't push us or pull us along, but He lets us stumble and fall so He can pick us back up again.
Thanks for this reminder! :)
What a Perfect Father He is!!
Your story brings back a memory from church years and years ago. The priest asked everyone to stand up for his homily and to raise their right hand and keep it up until he told them to put it down. Well, it went on for quite a long time, ten minutes maybe, and everyone was fidgeting and tired and trying sooo hard not to put their hand down but needing to so badly. My mom said her arm hurt. After a long time, he said, that's how a little child feels when you hold their hand. Their arm is over their head all the time. They have to walk fast to keep up with you, their arm over their head, and you get impatient when they get cranky.
Great post, very encouraging.
Great blog my friend, thank you Jesus for knowing when there are only one set of footprints,that I needed to be carried. He will feed us milk when we are babies, and feed us meat when we are mature enough to eat it. But will never leave us nor forsake us. He truely has been to me a wonderful Heavenly Father, that knows my every need.No matter how big or small,he carrys us all. I love him so,thanks for sharing just how Great our God is.
giving him praises for he is so worthy to be praised.
How true it is! Our loving father never walks ahead of us, never berates us for not moving as quickly as we ought to.
And still, like a caring parent, asks us to slow down when our head and heart are excited and moving too quickly to take everything in. I know that in recent weeks, I can't take in enough of Him. My mind races to catch up with the years of inspiration and devotion I've missed. And in the foreground God is whispering, "Slow down, take me in! You won't learn it all in one day!" I will listen, and wait patiently as the doting daughter, gaining strength and momentum to do His bidding!
Very good Bethy !!! Your right !!!But I see it slightly turned around for myself. I"m the one who is the child only I'm running ahead of my father trying to do things myself. Then by not waiting on my Father and asking him for help I get hurt or in trouble. I need to ask my Father for help first, then obey what he says.
LOVE in Christ,
Beautiful portrait of the Fathers love Bethy. Like Peru I sometimes get ahead of God and usually end up stopped in my tracks wondering which way to go. The Father is faithful and scoops me up and sets in in the right direction.
Truly we serve an awesome God!