“Hold these grandma”…I was entrusted to hold the four little airplanes that came in my grandson’s Easter basket.
In a matter of minutes it seemed he fell in love with these new little toys.
Truly each was about 2 inches in length, and it was all he could think about as we played in the backyard.
He thrust them into the air. He zoomed them around the backyard. He landed them on the pretend landing strips.
And… he entrusted them to me when he went to do something else.
He’d busy himself in a game of tag and then run over to me to make sure that I still had the airplanes safe and sound. I did.
He’d build castles in the sandbox and call across the yard, “grandma…do you still have my airplanes?” I did.
I knew my task was a serious one. These little airplanes meant a lot to him and therefore they meant a lot to me.
There were times in the earlier part of that same day that he held onto his new airplanes so tight that they were bending in the wrong way. He would put two in each hand and squeeze his fists hard so that he wouldn’t lose his precious new toys. That’s when he decided it might be better if he appointed someone to be the “keeper of the planes”. I’m honored to have been chosen.
Who do you trust with the people or the things that are important to you? Is there someone or something that you are holding on too tightly to and perhaps even “breaking” the relationship because it’s bending in the wrong direction?
I ask myself these same questions.
There are most definitely times where I am holding onto something or someone too tightly. I don’t want to lose the moment. I want to freeze frame that time and never let go.
In preparing for my Uncle’s funeral, I was going through old pictures of sweet family times together. Would I turn the clock back if I could?
I’ve come to the conclusion that I would not. If I turned the clock back then I would miss out on my wonderful son in law and daughter in law and beautiful grandchildren to name a few.
I can’t stand to see my children struggle. I want to fix it immediately for them. I don’t want the struggles to ever come.
I want to hold them in the palm of my hand and make everything okay.
But in doing that, I might break what God is trying to do.
I need to trust Him.
I need to not hold on so tight.
I need to hand over my precious treasures and place them into His very capable hands.
It’s okay once in a while to ask him if He’s still got them.
It’s okay to strike up conversation with Him and pray about a situation that is concerning me. He knows about it anyway.
He can then assure me that He’s “got it” again.
And because my concerns and the people I love are precious to me…they are precious to Him too. In fact, He loves each of them more than I do!
He is a wonderful and very capable God.
He is the beginning and the end.
He indeed can be trusted.
Will you place your trust in Him today?
“In You Lord my God I put my trust.”
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”