Chubby, soft, pinchable toddler arms are waving in delight as she waits in this contrastingly gnarly tree. The gentle sun has been warming her skin, head protected by her sweet hat. A sailboat in the distance is moving peacefully in the ocean breezes.
What you don’t see is that her arms are raised in anticipation. Everything in her is wiggling as her father reaches up for her. Though she is very high up, she has enjoyed sitting in the tree. Though she sat very still…even tentative, she seemed to think of it as an adventure that she could trust. But now…she is excited to be taken into her father’s arms.
I am certain that she enjoyed the new scary adventure because she trusts her Father. She knew he was nearby, ever ready to take her in his arms…to catch her if she started to fall. Though adrenalin was flowing, she had enough experience with her Dad to know that it was safe to enjoy the height, to revel in the feeling of sitting way up there all by herself…trying something scary and new.
He seemed to think it would be fun…even beneficial and his love for her had demonstrated repeatedly that she could trust him. Though it had taken many tries, she had finally walked without him helping her. She had been on the tricycle by herself. Walks with her parents usually included swinging really high with a parent on each side of her, holding her hands tightly as her little body flew far above the sidewalk, up and down, up and down. She had even run at the edge of the ocean. Just at the edge, because Daddy only encouraged her to go as far as he felt was safe. One day, she knew he would help her go deeper.
This tree was the biggest adventure ever. Oh how she loved sitting there all by herself. But now? Those arms are flapping like little birds wings, ready to be lifted into Daddy’s safe arms.
What she doesn’t have to know is that it would be ludicrous to take her too deep into the ocean or to walk away and leave her alone in the tree. What she does know is that she feels safe with almost every new adventure her Dad encourages her to try. She loves the adventure and at the same time she loves knowing that she is safe in her Father’s arms.
Trusting her Father takes care of the fear, heightens her joy and makes every new experience possible.
Matthew 7:11 (HCSB) 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Isaiah 12:2 2 Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust ⌊Him⌋ and not be afraid, the LORD, is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation.”