And as adults we never outgrow this need to “do it myself”; even as Christians. It’s as if it is ingrained within us to reach the pinnacle of spirituality where we can handle life without God’s help.
Take a look at the world. Read the Bible and the accounts of the apostles, as well as other prophets and characters. Take a look at all of life, godly lives, and those without God….it ain’t gonna happen. Even up until the end, in all of their letters, the apostles gave glory to God—and requested prayer and companionship from their fellow believers.
So often it is an unconscious temptation to outgrow the need for God; to become perfect; and sometimes a conscious one. There are many times I would think, “I got this God, I believe I know where You are directing me. You go ahead and save people who need saving.” And, as an obliging Father, He let go of the bike so I could attempt to pedal alone and—well—you know the results—yep! I landed in the bushes; a tangle of spokes and branches.
And I know I am not the only one. Why are we so ashamed of the fact that our relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ is a life sentence of dependency?! Our real shame should be in our dependence on us—the fallible created and fallen humans we are.
I know the mistakes I’ve made; the awful deeds I am capable of. Why would I not want me in the hands of the Creator of Beauty rather than the hands of a butcher?
May we all learn the lesson of my granddaughter Jubilee: “The Joy and Assurances of a Life Jacket”
Jubilee and her siblings go swimming with their parents often. At the time of this story there were three of them, ages 4 and under. None of them were swimmers yet and all wore life jackets, whether in the lake, river or pool.
On this date the family was at a pool. After a busy, long morning of swimming, all were exhausted. Life jackets came off and, as mom and dad sat in the whirlpool the kids dangled their feet and visited.
After a while mom and dad suddenly realized one child was missing. “Where’s Jubilee?!” was the frantic cry.
Her brother, 1 year older, without concern said, “She’s swimming.”
Mom and dad leapt without hesitation to the rescue of Jubilee who was unsuccessfully attempting to keep her head above water.
Before this day, none of the children thought twice about their extra clothing in the water. The life jacket was just a jacket—yet Jubilee especially does not go in the water without one anymore.
May we not venture anywhere in life without our LIFE JACKET, JESUS CHRIST.