If any of you have ever been around a 3 to 4 year old person you know that independence is a daily adventure. When Parker hit that age range, we would explore all the various things that he was gaining the confidence to try and those new challenges that he could conquer. It was so much fun to walk through that period of his life with him. Well, now our youngest, Mr. Wesley, has hit that stage. Everything we ask him to do and tell him we are going to do for him, is met with the phrase, "I can do it."
By and large everything he attempts he can do, but the one thing at frustrates him the most is his height. He is quite tall for his age but he is at the stature where most counters, ledges, and railings are right about forehead level. He can almost see over them, but not quite. Well, last week, I asked Wesley to go into his bathroom and wash his hands for dinner. We usually keep a small step stool in three for him use so he can reach the faucet and soap. This particular night, the stool was missing. Wesley, not even thinking about it, walked up and turned on the water and began washing his hands. It the middle of this activity, it registered that he could now reach the faucet with out the stool. I was met with a very excited, very wet and soapy, four year old. I got him dried off, celebrated his milestone with him, and then proceeded to follow him all around the house to all the counters and dressers and ledges so he could tell me, “I am big now!”
Now for years Wesley was not so big and he needed that stool. He needed that support and that help to do those things he knew he needed to do. Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Independence is a wonderful and necessary thing, but even better than that, is the support we gain from Christ. Support that comes in the form of encouragement from family, love from other people, and those “A Ha” ideas that come in the middle of the night. Support that comes when we need it and when we don't expect it. Support that comes when we are angry and don't want it. Support that comes in countless ways, forms, and people.
I encourage you to never get “too big” for Christ. Call His name, claim His help, and live for Him. Jesus loves you, wants to help you, and will celebrate with you when with wet soapy hands you exclaim, “I can do it”. Just remember, in good times, tough times, unfair times, trying time, and at all times, with Christ, you can do all things.
Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!