Faith in the Small Things
“Come on and jump, I’ll catch you.” My father calmly told me.
“NOOOO!” I screamed with the tears running down my face.
“Come on. It’s alright. I’m right here for you,” my dad calmly reassured me.
“NO! I don’t want to anymore!” I screamed back at him.
“John, have I ever dropped you?” my dad asked.
No, he had not. So, I jumped!
This was how I learned to dive. I started by overcoming my fear of the water. Then I had to learn that if my dad was there I could jump in feet first. Then my dad moved away and I jumped in feet first on my own. I was then ready to attempt jumping in and diving head first.
Life is about training and taking small steps. I had to work up to being able to dive into the swimming pool, and I eventually won a diving award at summer camp many years later. The small training we do now has a big payoff down the road. The small things we do now give us the confidence to attempt the big things later on. Learning to trust God in the small things, the day-to-day things, will lead us to trust Him with the big life decisions.
Vacation Bible School is where I learned about trusting God. Did I fully understand what I was learning? No, but the payoff of learning at an early age about the love of God was found years later, in college. When forced to personalize my faith, I had those Vacation Bible School experiences of simple faith and trust in God to fall back on. Never neglect the importance of early training.
Diving was not easy for me to learn and I was not the most willing participant. I am sure it tried the patience of my father, but he stuck with teaching me that diving lesson and helping me practice until I learned it. He helped to walk me through every step of learning, from modeling to watching with explanation to performance with supervision to performance on my own, he did not give up on me, even when I wanted to give up on myself.
God is constantly trying to teach us things, for this life is full of constant training. Sometimes we have to endure the stress of overcoming fears and sometimes we have to experience the same heartache over and over again. Don’t worry; however, there is a reward in the end, that is God’s promise. There is value to all we have to endure and learning to fully rely on God in the small things will translate to trusting in God in the large, life-changing decisions.