“Okay if I take the kids over to the playground?” I asked my daughter-in-law.
“They’d love it!” she answered with a smile, settling into her lawn chair with a good book, and so I grabbed two small hands, and, together, we walked the short distance to the swings and slides.
Almost-Five knew the ropes, but for Not-Quite-Two, this expanse of playground was Mount Everest and Niagara Falls.
“Bring it on!”
“Come on down! Bam is READY to catch you!” I shouted from the bottom of the biggest twisty slide, and down she flew, her tiny bottom barely touching the slide’s surface. Catching her across the middle, I lowered her to the ground on both feet. Back to the rock climbing wall she toddled, the only accessible ascent for short toddler legs.
“Bam! READY?!?” she shouted from the top, every single time, never tiring of the routine, completely unphased by the monotony of repetition, as she retraced her steps like a migratory bird, always joyful in flight and ever sure of a safe landing.
Later that evening, our sun-soaked party moved to my oldest son’s house, home base for Not-Quite-Two. “Bam!” she called, and then a garbled toddler request and a half-dressed doll pushed in my direction.
Up to my elbows in dishwater, I glanced at my daughter-in-law for translation.
“Let me help you,” she said, taking the doll and quickly addressing the wardrobe malfunction that prompted the distress call. Without skipping a beat, Not-Quite-Two moved on to another request, and nothing would do but that Bam should dry those soapy hands and respond.
A trust connection had been made at the bottom of a twisty slide.
Responding to the Faithfulness of God
Today, standing at the top of my own grown-up version of a “twisty slide,” the descent looks steep and the landing uncertain. I’m grateful for the voice of God, reassuring me that he is “READY!” at the bottom. We’ve connected here before, and I recognize his voice. He is the “very present help,” waiting for me to trust his love.
Past experience with his faithfulness calls for a biblical response:
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. (Psalm 46:2,3)
His faithfulness in the past assures me that no matter what I bring to him in the future, he is competent and present and more than willing to catch me and to set both feet into a secure landing on solid ground.
What might God be saying to you today as you stand at the top of your “twisty slide?”
Are you willing to trust his love and faithfulness as you fly into his arms?
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