I was walking along my usual route, earplugs in, listening to my exercise mix. As I cruised down the sidewalk, I saw a group of maybe five children, all on bicycles. They were all riding in the driveway, a bit wobbly, but having a great time.
Just as I passed the group, I heard an older man’s voice call out, “Connor! You can do anything you want to do. Are you looking at me? You just can’t give up!”
I smiled to myself. It sounded like a grandfather, encouraging his grandchild to keep working on mastering that bike.
It’s not easy to learn the balancing act of bike riding. You have to be the right age and have the muscle coordination. Some can do it before they hit preschool. Others have to wait until their bodies catch up to their desire to ride. But either way, it takes practice, practice, practice.
What if this child didn’t have his grandfather to encourage him? Maybe he would have given up. Maybe it would have taken a long time for him to try again. But I guess I don’t have to wonder about that. God made sure Grandpa was there.
I have been very fortunate in my life, just like Connor. When I’ve truly needed support, I got it. Someone was there for me in times of fear and frustration.
My parents were there when I learned to crawl, and clapped for me when I stood to walk. A swimming teacher was there to catch me when I jumped off the side of the pool into her arms. And there was the drivers ed teacher with his foot hovering over the auxiliary brake. All this support was given by my Holy Father so I could do something new.
And he is still doing it. God knows I need the support of his grace, and the help of his people to do the new things he calls me to do. He wants me to jump off the edge of my comfort zone and help spread his love and service to others.
Has God ever asked you to do something that was a real challenge? Nursing school was really hard for me. So much memorization. So many bones and muscles! Not to mention Chemistry and Microbiology classes.
But my Father never let me go it alone. He was always calling to me, like Connor’s grandfather. He held me up through his gifts of grace and the helping hands my study partners. I never have to wonder what would happen if God wasn’t there.
Because he always is.
So whatever you’re being asked to do today, don’t worry if it looks too hard. Don’t lose heart. Our Father will send the help you need to lift and encourage you.
And when in prayer, let’s take some time to listen too. Only then will we hear that still, small voice say:
“You can do anything I call you to do. Are you looking at me? You just can’t give up!”
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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would love it if everyone who visited this blog could get together with me and go out for dinner. That would be so much fun, wouldn’t it?
Well, I got to do the next best thing. I reached out to Beth, who writes at Simply Beth, and we arranged to meet last Saturday. Falling into a booth at Panera, we had a wonderful three hour lunch, just getting to know each other. It was a wonderful experience. And she brought me a gift too!
I told her I would put it up where I write, because I often ‘wish’ I could figure out what to write about. She was so warm and shared her blogging wisdom with me, which was so kind. You can check out her blog by using the link on her blog name.
Thank you Beth, for being the first fellow blogger that I met ‘face to face’!