September 23, 2013

Christian Living: Don't "Lean" With It! (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I get to take care of two insanely adorable little boys. I really enjoy watching them! They're super sweet and fun! I spend more time watching the youngest baby who just turned one a couple weeks ago. For the sake of confidentiality, let's call him Baby D! 

So Baby D has one of the funniest habits. When I take the babies for a walk, I'll strap them in the double stroller and give them snacks for the journey. Baby D sits in the backseat and doesn't have a tray for his snacks. I usually give him the snacks in a baby-friendly cup. 

Without fail, he will take the snacks out of the cup, throw them on the bottom of the stroller and then reach forward to pick them up to eat them. When he reaches forward, he's already strapped in so he's basically straining to pick up the now-dirty snacks. I will always offer him the cup and encourage him to just take some more snacks out the cup instead of getting the dirty snacks. He won't listen. What makes it funnier is that he does this delightfully. He looks forward to reaching the snacks. He never complains about it. He just throws them down and tries again. 

God has given us His Word and the Holy Spirit. We have 24-7 access to petition God's throne about ANYTHING that's on our hearts. God continues to make Himself available to us.  Jesus is our Intercessor. He is there to carry us through the trials and make the journey of life smoother because He is there. Life will be hard and there's no escaping that. What makes life even harder than it really needs to be is when we take what God has given us in His Word and we throw it aside like it's nothing. God's Word is meant to nourish us. It's meant to sustain us while we are on the journey. We make life difficult by reaching and straining for sustainance when God is right beside us, ready and waiting to give us more of Him. Just like I will never run out of new snacks to give Baby D, God will never run out of mercy, love, grace, encouragement and strength to impart to us if we'd only look up and receive what He has to offer. Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not (don't lean, strain, depend on) on your own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge Him and he will direct your stroller...I mean, path! 

Let's not make life harder than it needs to be. 
Receive what God is trying to give you. 
It will make the ride of life a lot more enjoyable. 

Now, if only I could get Baby D to read my blog... 

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