"For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls,
and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared with it." Proverbs 8:11 Amplified

Monday, September 7, 2009

Adventure with Daddy

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you cross rivers, you will not drown. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flames hurt you. Isaiah 43:2 NCV

Adventure in the woods with daddy, that’s what this weekend was for my 33 month old granddaughter Callie. Her mom was at a women’s retreat and my son Robert, along with another dad, and his three boys, took off for a camping trip. From the pictures I have seen she was one happy camper. Can you imagine one little girl with five testosterone males? Anything could happen. I was praying.

This picture I posted of them speaks a thousand words to me. I see her daddy watching over her as she crosses a suspended log. Callie seems perfectly at peace, not demonstrating any fear. Why is that? She knows her daddy is right behind her. She has trust in him. If she starts to slip he will catch her. Callie knows this because she spends lots of time with her daddy and she knows he will be there for her. He has a good track record.

This picture made me think of our heavenly Father. Picture yourself as the little girl, with Father God behind you, ready to catch you if you should stumble, as you take the steps He is encouraging you to take. It can be scary when there are no handrails, no safety net, and looking down turns your stomach. Can you trust Him when He says, “Go ahead, I won’t let you fall.” If we haven’t spent time with Him, to know Him, we won’t have developed the trust we so desperately need. He has an unfailing track record.

Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 “I tell you the truth, you must change and become like little children. Otherwise, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” NCV

I want to have the kind of faith and trust I see Callie demonstrating, child like faith.

Do you have that kind of faith?

Callie's dad is always finding injured birds. That is a real live humming bird in her hand.


Jim Marr said...

Ah,the faith of a child--and we are children!! Thanks for this encouraging word.


Need More Words said...

Jim, Glad you found it encouraging. I posted the picture of Robert and Callie, on that log on, my desktop screen so I can see it all the time as a reminder.

Joanna said...

Beautiful post - I love the illustration. I also love how the Lord uses real-life situations to illustrate His way with us. Thanks for sharing.

Need More Words said...

I wonder how many real life illustrations I miss because I rush through life too quickly.
This picture was one illustration I couldn't miss.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

This is beautiful! A true testament as to how we must trust our Heavenly Father. THanks for sharing!

Hey, does your son help to restore the birds' health too?

Jennifer Shirk said...

I love that!
I wish I had more of a child-like faith.

Need More Words said...

Eileen, my son has nursed many birds back to health unfortunately this one did not make it.
Jennifer, Children make it seem so easy don't they.

DenaNetherton said...

Oh, I need that child-like trust so desperately. What a great metaphor for life: crossing a log over a chasm. It often feels like that. Sometimes I feel my Father right behind me. Other times, though I know by faith that He's near, I feel alone.
Thanks for the uplifting post.

Need More Words said...

Dena, When I saw the picture it took my breath away because God wanted me to see that this is how He is always watching over His children.