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Stand FIRM!

September 19, 2009
Clinging to the table!

Life is passing us by happily here in our little corner of the world; we’re getting back into routine after a long summer break; the children are busy with their studies, Mama is cleaning, cooking, learning, loving and life is good!

I love watching my children grow and change; it’s exciting to watch their developing characters and blossoming personalities, as well as seeing how physically tall they are getting.

Micah has finally taken off and is walking independently and more confidently every day; he is very pleased with himself and rarely sits or stands still anymore (who would though when you’ve learnt such a great new skill!!).

It has been a few years since I’ve watched a child learn to walk and I was fascinated watching him go from standing and holding on to something, to free standing, to actually taking a step. He spent many days practicing balancing before he actually ventured out, no matter how much coaxing we did – his (and His) timing was perfect.

Holding on

Our walk with ‘God’ is so much like this; I’ve been reflecting on the importance of ‘balancing’ and being ‘steady’ before venturing out into new things.

The book of James really helps us understand this sense of ‘balance’; in chapter 1 v 6,7 he states

“…he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”

and also in verse 25:
“But if you keep looking steadily into Gods perfect law – the law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

Jesus is the ROCK of our salvation; He is the ONE on whom we stand; His Word is steadfast and true and once we’re standing on it we can not be shaken. It’s so important for us to remember this truth, we can not be swept aside by a new ‘idea’ or to allow culture to pull us into conformity but we must know WHO God has made us to be and for what purpose; which is ultimately His glory!

How can we advance if we are being swayed by uncertainty?
How can we progress if we are knocked my insecurity?
How can we make headway when our life choices seem to be in ‘the way’?

As James tells us we MUST look steadily into Gods perfect law, not looking to the world or what it has to offer; no matter how much ‘sense’ it makes – it’s His Word that is living, active and sharp.

So where are we today? Still clinging onto the chair arm and unsure whether to let go or not, or standing ‘free hand’?

Micah was comical at the ‘free standing’ stage as he must have realised that he had achieved some kind of mile stone; every time he ‘let go’ he’d flash who ever was in the room a huge grin and sing a little victory song (tune!) – little did he know that the real adventure; ‘walking’, was just a few steps away!

Let’s stop waiting for recognition in our ‘hands free’ balancing act and thinking we’ve ‘made it’ but lets recognise WHO we’re standing on and allow the King of Kings to take us forward to advance His Kingdom!

Time to move forward!

It’s only by standing firm; steadfast and sure in HIM; then we can move forward.

For the King and His Kingdom,


“When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.”
Proverbs 10

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 20, 2009 2:47 pm

    VERY well put. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you.

  2. September 21, 2009 9:56 am

    It's funny but I know that my Susie started walking too early. She was only 10 months when she was up and about and she fell over ALL the time! We used to call her 'Susie of the perpetual head injury' and dreaded the knock of the social worker on the door! You are so right that a new skill should not be rushed – and the spiritual application of this is very real. Similarly I am planning to organise a baptism for Naomi (aged nearly 10) this term. She has been asking for a couple of years but we have been waiting for the right time. We wanted her understanding to be a little bit more than 'they told me I needed to be baptised in a kids meeting', or even more than 'Jesus said we should do it'. We feel she has got 'there' (wherever 'there' is!), Anna xxx

  3. September 21, 2009 10:36 am

    great post Leah. You've made me look at Caleb's cruising attempts in a new light!

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