Many years ago, my son, DJ, was trying to be like his big brother. They were climbing a tree in the back of my sister's yard and daring each other to go higher and higher and jump off the limb and out into the ever increasing distance to the ground. They started at about three feet and continued to work up the tree. I, of course, was visiting in total unawareness with my sister INSIDE the house.
One of the kids ran screaming into the house to tell me that DJ was stuck in the tree and going to fall. My sister and I ran out the door to find my son way too far up in the air hanging onto a branch for dear life. We could not reach him and were trying to figure out whether or not a ladder would work when my brother-in-law came out the door and stood underneath DJ and told him to let go. The small, terrified boy made the mistake of looking down and promply held on all the tighter.
I was slightly panicked (ok, probably more than slightly) and wanted to know what we should do. This man said simply, "Just wait, he will come down pretty soon now".
What!! Wait!! You have so got to be kidding, right??
He was not kidding. A few, short (seemingly eternal) minutes later, DJ let go of the branch and dropped into his Uncle's waiting arms. Safe and finally on firm ground, the boy ran off to continue playing.
I chuckle when I remember this story now. I think that, too often, I resemble this in my own life. I sometimes want to do things that others are doing. Things that are not necessarily wrong, but are also not things which are "safe". They are not the things that bring me closer to my Heavenly Father.
It might be as simple as too much television, or too much computer time. In short, too many selfish pursuits. These pursuits often leave me holding onto a limb and trying not to fall. Sometimes the things we want are not the things that the Lord would want us to have. Often, the things that the world is doing are not the things that we should be doing. We might need to make the decision to do the thing that is right, rather than the thing everyone else is doing.
I found a new favorite quote that goes so well with this.
"Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." Abraham Lincoln
I hope that each of us remember, during our times of doubt and insecurity, the Lord is standing there ready to catch us, but first we have to be willing to let go of the world and trust Him. I hope that I am always standing firm on the Lord's side of the line and not dangling dangerously just out of reach.
Patty Ann is a busy mother, grandmother, and wife. She lives her life in the woods she loves up on the top of a beautiful mountain. She loves music, photography and writing. Most of all she loves her Heavenly Father and enjoys writing about his influence in her life. You can find her on her blog at Pitterle Postings