Training Wheels

Worship • Devotion #6: Training Wheels
Josh Lahring | Production Director

When my daughter was five, I figured she could learn to ride a bike without training wheels.  One day I took off the training wheels and tried to hold her up while she rode around. She cried and was so mad that I took off her training wheels. The next day I got her to try again, but she was so mad. She cried again and begged me to put on her training wheels. After a few more attempts she finally trusted I would hold her up while she practiced. Brooklyn was not too thrilled about it, but after a few days, she was cruising along while I ran with her holding on to her. Then I started to let go a little bit without her knowing till she would start to fall. She would yell at me, “Don’t let go!!” Each attempt on her bike I would let her go, and before she knew it, she was riding on her own. She thought I was helping her, but I was not.

As her father, I knew that it is a lot more fun to ride a bike with two wheels than with training wheels, but I also know that to learn how involves falling a lot.  It made me think of how our Heavenly Father allows us to go through struggles. We get so mad and upset at the way our life is, but He, being our Heavenly Father, knows what our future holds.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

It is so easy to be angry at God our Father for things that happen to us rather than completely trusting in His plan, knowing that His ways are higher than our own.

You love your children and would do anything for them but also realize the importance of letting them try things, learn lessons, struggle, and suffer to become better or prepared for something. Our Heavenly Father does the same for us, His children.

Realizing His direction and protection should cause us to start every conversation with Him in worship. We need to praise Him for what He is doing in our lives. He never removes His hand but provides true freedom.

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