thoughts of a missionary on the island of Guam

Thursday, January 1, 2009

leap, says he

Tomorrow I head to the place I spent the first half of the school year to teach an all new class of little minds with big thoughts. I am so amazed at how open and receptive children are- how they rely on you for so much. They will do something, right or wrong, and then turn to read your face- will your affirm or correct what they've just done? They rely on you for their basic needs- food, health, teaching, loving, correcting, etc. What a lot of trust they put in you- it's almost complete.

I'm reminded of the time when I was a little girl trying to learn how to ride a bike with the help of my Dad. How much comfort I had when he held on to the bike seat as I peddled. I felt I wouldn't fall, that I was safe. But as soon as I felt him let go I would yell out in fear, "Daddy!"

How brave we can be when we know that someone is holding on to the bicycle seat. I heard an analogy of trapeze artists that really put things in perspective for me. When considering a trapeze artist, would he do such stunts if he didn't have a safety net? No, he would be more cautious. But knowing that there's a safety net beneath him enables him to try all kinds of amazing stunts! I think that's what God has been trying to tell me, but like some of my students, I can be hard of hearing. He tells me, "Leap my dear, I will catch you should you fall. Don't be afraid."

I'm glad I have a patient Teacher :)


Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6


ragamuffin4199 said...

good post. thanks for the encouraging words!

AFamousStatue said...

Your blog is encouraging. : )

Susannah said...

mmmm. that's great abby! thanks for sharing. :)