Thursday, April 3, 2014

Trying Silly Stunts


I watched him out my kitchen window while washing dishes.

Today I am combining a few objectives in one post. It is RANDOM JOURNAL DAY and the beginning of the 5 Minutes for Moms.com ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY 2014. Both of these fun blog gatherings are all about getting to know one another better and connect with some new bloggers along the way. Both will get your blog noticed by more readers and both will be a wonderful guide to some great new friends. My online friends have been true life-savers for me, I cherish them and am so thankful for the deep relationships that can happen without ever being in the same room! It is pretty AMAZING really! 

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Random Journal Day - 

I opened an old journal to an entry written on a June day in 1988, when my son (who is now over 30) was just 5 1/2 years old. 

"Dear Lord,
We took the training wheels off his bike the other day.
He was so proud, now he could ride like the "big boys!"

But it wasn't that easy, after many hard falls he said, 
"Maybe we could put the training wheels back on again?"
But his voice said that he did not really mean it.

Practice was what he needed,
with Dad close by, ready to catch him and call out instructions.
What determination I saw in my firstborn as he tried again and again.

CRASH....up again...CRASH...up again.

Now, he's flying by my kitchen window,
waving his hands and trying silly stunts.
"That's my boy!"

Oh Lord,
Sometimes I say,
"Maybe we could put the training wheels back on again?"
But I don't really mean it, I don't want to go backwards.

Your arms are out to catch me when I fall.
And I will fall.
I can hear you calling out instructions to me.

Your eye is always on me, as I fly by and try silly stunts.
You smile and say,
"That's my child!" "

I have no doubt that you are able to make a life application lesson from this simple little journal entry without my help. But it does take me back to my last post about stepping into a new adventure with God and getting to know Him all over again on His terms. A tiny part of me whispers,

 "Can't we just go back to when we followed the clear-cut rules and regulations and knew how to be proper church people?" 

But He knows that I do not mean it. Ignorance may be bliss....but you cannot go back to it once you recognized it for what it is. The rules and regs may have made life simpler, but it is out here in the nitty- gritty grey area that the adventure happens. 

I do not want the training wheels put back on. I will continue to wibbel-wobble my way down the street, waving my hands and trying silly stunts....and He will smile and say,

"That's my child!"


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22 comments:

  1. Wonderful post. The photo shows a moment of pure joy and I like your idea to think of our Heavenly Father watching our wobbles and smiling and saying "that is my child."

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    1. Thanks Terra. I am convinced that His main expression when looking at us is a huge smile.

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  2. Oh goodness, I don't know how many times in the past year or two I've asked exactly that same question... "Can't we just go back to when we followed the clear-cut rules and regulations and knew how to be proper church people?"
    And I get the same answer again and again... "I love you. Follow me."

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    1. Hi Niki, thanks for coming by! That is beautiful. Always come back to love.

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  3. Susie- Great inspiration! I love this line: "but it is out here in the nitty- gritty grey area that the adventure happens." So true! And the reminder that we are God's children and He knows just how to parent us and be there when we fall and pick us up and smile with delight in our adventurous attempts to please Him.

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    1. He picks us up when we fall, even if we keep falling over the exact same crack in the sidewalk again and again. I could never be as patient as He is!

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  4. Wow, what a great post. I so get it. Like you say, like Kel noticed, it IS in the nitty, gritty that adventure happens. And, the more we risk (and isn't taking those training wheels off a risk?) He meets us in proportion to that risk. We might fall, but we aren't left alone. C

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    1. "He meets us in proportion to that risk." Wow, that is something to ponder my friend.

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  5. Ok, so I am a blubbering mess in public sitting at Starbucks with tears. I want the damn training wheels, Susie! I never had them! I want all that stuff... because standing in the waves looking for Jesus while the waves surge, the wind blows and I sink is too real, too scary and too J...HARD. ... but I say this knowing that as long as He is there, I'll stay in the storm. Even if... Love you, and yes, these words bless. You bless and these comments from sweet sisters bless. So grateful for grace. Oy, I think they are gonna throw the weeping prophet on the tablet out of St. Arbucks of I don't come down... Love, hugs

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    1. Well I wish I'd seen this yesterday while you were still blubbering at Starbucks! Hopefully they did not throw you out and only handed you a big pile of napkins to dry your tears, Dear. I know it is HARD with those violent waves hitting you right behind the knees ready to knock you over completely. BUT He will not let you drown, you already know this but it is still hard I know. Something inside me says to tell you to look above and beyond the waves, into His eyes. His eyes will anchor you through this awful storm. I am hearing that beautiful song I posted about recently, Oceans by Hillsong. "Keep my eyes above the waves..." Love you dear Dawn.

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  6. That was calm down... Satan lives in Spell Check...lol.

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    1. I think Starbucks would be flattered by their new name, and I think many of us would be happy to call it St. Arbucks. I love it and I love my coffee!

      Susie, Why is it that living under the freedom of grace is harder than living by the rules and regulations. Maybe because we can still make it about us. Great post dear friend, great post!

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    2. Good question Deb. For me it is about the risk of listening to God for myself rather than following a set of rules. I am a follower, peacemaker, rule loving kinda person. Not an adventurer or pioneer in the natural. It is scary to have to trust my own discernment about God's voice as He speaks to me.
      Thanks for reading and commenting Deb!

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  7. Susie: We all have memories of our childhood and our children's growing up days. I like the picture. He looks happy and that's what childhood should be, a time of happiness. I didn't have training wheels. (It took me a year to get the trick of roller skating. and riding the bike was a giant step for me.)

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    1. He was and still a very happy person. I love that goofy grin so much!

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  8. I love this post--so cool to think of God watching us, smiling over His kids :) I know I have a lot of those days I wish I could have the training wheels back but then all the good stuff really comes as we grow and venture training wheel free...

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    1. Hi Dawn! I love imagining His smile. It breaks my heart that so many people have no concept of a smiling and patient God. Yes, the growth happens in the questioning moments, hard as they are.

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  9. I love this...and I relate to it on so many different levels...the obvious one of the child and the training wheels...and then us, as adults...still needing that reassurance from our heavenly Father when we get wobbly...oh yes! I relate to that one especially right now. So glad to know that He is always there, ready to keep us from falling. Thank you for that fresh reminder today. I needed it.

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    1. You are very welcome Pam. I can so clearly picture The Father following closely behind you while you navigate your wobbly bike through your current season. His hands are reay to grab the handle bars, He's got you.

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  10. Stopping by from the UBP....hello from an ex-PK. I. GET. YOU. I spent half my life idolizing the leaders of the church world, assuming everything in church leadership was peachy-keen-rosy-posy, and spent the other half of my life wondering why people were so STUPID (to be frank). Nothing like watching your beloved father's choices crack your family and watching selfish leaders splinter your church to make you question your faith. I'm just thankful I learned to separate the Shepherd from His sheep. Christianity is about living a relationship with God, not modeling yourself after good people. God bless! :-)

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  11. Stopping by from #UBP14. I love how you describe getting to know God on his terms. That's a beautiful way of putting and so very true. I hope to see you around. Please come by my place and have a slice of salted carmel fudge cake. It's awesome! http://www.alident.org/2014/04/ultimate-blog-party-2014/

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