2010-07-23 - Sofa Jumping
A week or so ago I was lying on the floor in front of our sofa. My two year old was on the sofa standing up. He came close to the edge and I helped him jump off and flip in there while holding his waist. He laughed and went back to playing. I went back to watching the TV. A moment later I see a toddler flying through the air so I quickly reacted to catch him and brought him down to the ground with a flip again. He continued to do it over and over. We did it several more times, before I finally told him he had to stop. Each time, he would just boldly jump, and though I couldnt always see what part of the sofa he was choosing to jump from, I would jerk around every which way to catch him.
Just as my son trusted me continually we must trust God. He knew his dad held him once and he knew that meant his dad would always hold him. I believe this is what Jesus was talking about, when he said we must have childlike faith. But instead, what often happens with us is that we see God work in one area of our life, or help resolve one situation, but when the next one comes up, we go back to relying on ourselves to get through it. Others think God can forgive us of this sin, but not that one. In one way or another, our trust in him wavers from time to time. But not a child - I bet if I laid down on the floor again, it wouldnt be long before I saw my boy hurling himself over the edge again.
Sure, climbing down off the sofa is safer, but jumping out into the air seems like a whole lot more fun. God here I come. WHEEEEE!
All verses are from the King James Version unless otherwise specified.