“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – Psalm 23:6
Today was such a beautiful day, I absolutely could NOT stay indoors. So while the twins had therapy, Anna and I went out to enjoy the sunshine. She’s only just learning how to ride her big girl bike with training wheels – before that, she’s been on a big wheel trike where she pedals downhill and then scoots along with her feet on the ground when it gets too hard. Usually she won’t even go for it, but today for some reason, she saw that pink bike and said, “Tatie, I want that one.”
We live on a cul-de-sac, so I hopped on Gretchen’s bike and we started going around the circle. After a minute or two, I noticed she was pedaling really well and then kept getting stuck when the road starts going on a slight uphill slant. Instead of pushing through with momentum, she would just hop off the bike and push it along for a while and then hop back on and try again… or she would stand there and cry “I can’t do it!!” until I came along to help her. So I got off the bike and helped her learn. I was standing there, clapping for her and encouraging her: “Keep going! Don’t stop! Pedal!” And then I would praise her when she made it up the little hill and around the circle. After a while, she started cheering herself on like I was. It was such a precious moment and that’s when my precious Lord brought to mind how often I behave like a two year old. The second it gets hard, I’m crying “I can’t do it!” or I just give up. And all the while my Heavenly Father, in His abundant love and grace, sends me encouragement to push through it, to keep going, to press on towards Him. And when I’m too tired and discouraged to push through another step, He comes to me in mercy and He pushes me through. And when I’m smart, I preach to myself.
If only I were smart more often…
Praise God for His mercy and goodness. He is SO good to me. I am SO blessed. I love Him SO much.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2