training wheels

What was the scariest day of your life? For most of us it wasn’t a real life threatening situation like being dropped into a combat zone or being told that, due to some illness, we only had a few weeks to live.

For most of us it was more along the lines of the first day of kindergarten or having the training wheels taken off our bike. Remember that? Seems inconsequential now, but then… a whole different story! The thought of “graduating” to a new level of freedom was tempered by emotion that ranged somewhere between mild anxiety and sheer terror. All of the emotion revolved around the uncertainty of how bad the wreck was actually going to be. Some of us embraced the challenge, albeit, reluctantly, while others of us had to be “coerced” into this “new experience” by whatever means available.

Regardless of our level of enthusiasm for this new phase of life, when it was all over and the scrapes and bruises were healed, we were glad we had accepted the challenge and pressed through the adversity because our whole paradigm for life changed. We were now “big kids”, ready for the next adventure and challenge that life would present. We learned a valuable lesson about facing our fears and pressing through our anxiety in order to gain the reward waiting for us on the other side of the obstacle to be overcome.

I wonder how often God smiles reassuringly upon us, the same way our earthly father did when we were learning to ride our bikes, when we are anxious about some life experience? I wonder what our response is going to be like in Heaven when someone asks us about some “traumatic” life experience we had here on earth? It might go something like, “Oh yeah, I forgot about that.” That must have been what Paul had in mind when he wrote, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:17)


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