Wednesday, May 25, 2011

He will catch us

James 1:12
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

I was at the park with my 3 1/2 year old, adventurous, fearless son. He was on the half circle climbing monkey bar thing(I obviousely do not know what they are called). He likes to climb up to the top and just hang until he can't hang any longer. As I was getting my bike ready to leave, I heard him calling for me. I turned to look at him, and he was holding on for dear life. But I didn't run to him. I slowly walked, not in any hurry. But my eyes never left him. Was I slow because I didn't care if he fell? Not at all. Quite the contrary, in fact. After watching this little boy play for 3 years, I have come to know his capabilities. I knew he could hang on longer. If i wasn't certain of it, I would have rushed to him, even if that meant I had to drop my bike. That is the love of a parent toward a child. Knowing how much a child can handle and knowing when to step in and help. We have to allow them to build up their strength.

James 1:2-4
Faith and Endurance
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

That is how intimitely our Heavenly Father knows us. Sometimes, we might feel like he has left us and is just letting us fend for ourselves in the midst of our trials. But he is always watching us. He never takes his eyes off of us. He will never failus, and he will never abandon us. Joshua 1:5 He knows our strengths better than we know them ourselves. He will be there to catch us at the exact moment we need it.

1 Corinthians 10:13
The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

If you are in the midst of a trial that you don't think you can possibly handle, either God knows you can handle it and he is building your strength, or he is there already, just wating for you to fall into his loving arms and take care of it. But he is never slow, he is never late. He is always right on time.