When I was first dating my husband, he tried to teach me how to ski. We lived in Pennsylvania at the time, and while the skiing hills were smaller than they are here in Colorado, they were much much more slippery.
I am terrified of speed. And on those icy hills, you could really pick up speed. Top that off with the fact that I’ve always been on the clumsy side. It was just a recipe for failure. Hard as he tried, my husband just couldn’t coax me to take off down the hill with the reckless abandon you need to ski. Frustration finally took over as he demanded I “just do it!”
Well, we got married anyway…and truth be told my husband has been great teaching both our kids how to ski like pros. I think his success with them despite the failure with me has to do with the role he plays with each of us.
When he tried to teach me, he had little authority over me, and, while I trusted him, it was the trust of an adult with baggage from before I know him.
Our kids trust him completely, and know he’s in charge. So when, with love, he tells them to do something despite their natural fears, they just do it.
That is the trust God wants us to have with him in our lives. He knows life is scary, and he knows we will be afraid and feel we can’t do what we need to at times. But He commands us to be strong and courageous anyways.
Because we know He has loving authority over us, we can follow that command knowing he has our back all the time. He is with us wherever we go, even the fast slippery slopes that scare us the most.
Susan Lee is the author of Developing Patience and Perseverance in an Impatient World and God’s Law of Attraction: the Believer’s Guide to Success and Fulfillment, both available through Amazon.com in paperback or as a Kindle download