4.05.2010

too independent...

e had 2 dear friends in town for Easter weekend. It was so much fun! They are friends from VMI, so they've known us for awhile and were around when we had the twins. We were telling some stories over Easter dinner and one in particular stuck out. I had no idea what I was saying until Karsten pointed it out. Here's the story I told:

The first time Alex and Avery had ever been to the beach was just a few months after their 2nd birthday. They were so different in personality. Avery hated just about everything. He hated the sand and he didn't quite like the water. I think he was afraid of it because he clung to us with a fierce grip when we went swimming. Alex was the opposite. He loved digging in the sand, but the water was his favorite. We went to the bay side first. There really aren't any waves there - just little ripples. He loved being in the water and didn't want to get out. The only problem was that he was just a little too independent. He kept trying to push me away. The water was well over his head, but I was holding him and we were just swimming around. (It only came up to my waist ... if that.) But, Alex wanted to do it on his own and he was very frustrated that I wouldn't let go of him. I did once - just for a second, and my arms weren't more than an inch away. It was just long enough for his head to start to go under before I grabbed him again. I was trying to show him while telling him that he needed me! He was going the drown without me holding him! He could not do it alone!

As I finished the story with a laugh, Karsten said, "wow - there's an analogy there." Then he looked at John and said, "You could use that in a sermon." I immediately realized what I said. I had just given a perfect picture of us humans.

We think we can do life alone. We push God away and say that we want to do things our own way. But we can't... we'll drown - we need God's arms holding us.

15 comments:

Sarah Ann said...

what a great metaphor!

The Kirk Fam said...

So thankful for His everlasting arms that hold us close when we need that tenderness and even more thankful when those arms are there to catch us when we are being stubborn and we fall!
New numbers this week? How are you doing in the waiting?
Thinking of you,
Amy

Monika said...

Wow, so true!!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

The closer we walk with Jesus and the longer we walk with him, the more readily apparent our everyday lives morph into a great spiritual parallel! Yes, I imagine that your husband can use this one via the pulpit. You've certainly used it via the pen.

Keep living the story and watch to see if our God isn't faithful to fill your heart, mind, and soul with enough modern day parables to teach yourself and others effectively!

Enjoy your week.

peace~elaine

Kristin said...

That is such a great analogy!!! Our Pastor used one too about how our Dad's would always be in the water to catch us when we would jump in, but we'd be afraid even though he was right there to catch us. Just like our Heavenly Father too. I love looking at things in those ways.....really helps to understand! Hope you had a great Easter!

Tracy said...

Oh, I try this act of negligence at least once a day. Maybe I just love being reassured of His presence, or maybe I am just a hard-headed girl. I love the picture. How true!

BTW, I wish that you could come "shopping" in my house, too.

Amy said...

So true! I've been there, drowning, trying to do it on my own! It's way better when we allow Him to hold us! I love when He shows us Truth like this!

Andrea said...

The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I need Him. I am so aware of my humanness and desperation; it is an ache that will not stop, and I pray it never does.

Your writing is beautiful, and it is so telling and real. God surely has wonderful things in store for you, even right now, as well as the future.

Many blessings,

Andrea

Alicia said...

I agree!! That is a great analogy!!!

You also found the perfect image for this too!

christy rose said...

That is a great story and an awesome sermon illustration!!

Natalie at Mommy on Fire said...

So profound and so true. I cling to His arm each and every day. Beautiful post, Lauren.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

beautiful! i love how God remind's us of His truths throughout our everyday life. He's so good like that! praise God for directing and ordering our lives!

He & Me + 3 said...

As you were telling it I was already thinking that. Amazing how things in our daily life can all relate back to God. I hope John does use that in his sermon. We can all relate.

Victoria said...

How perfect is that picture of God's guidance and our desire to lead ourselves! Awesome Lauren, just awesome!

sanjeet said...

That is such a great analogy!!
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