WMOF: Day 2 – Part 3 – The 2-yr Old Lesson
The picture above illustrates our son leaning on pane of glass which is restricting him from falling approximately 80 feet to the ground. You can see in the top middle of the picture the cars on the street below to get an idea of the distance.
What is not shown is that I am hovering behind him, on guard, just in case. And in this moment, coming shortly after he had given Dee and I a break from the session we were attending by having a minor meltdown, I saw God’s hand and a physical representation of Faith.
What did he do? He put trust, faith, without hesitation, in the structure and me without having evidence that he was not going to get hurt. As adults, we unconsciously trust other things that impact our lives and immediate well-being so easily – that others on the road are stopping at the sign, that the elevator service people have done their jobs well, that the handrail installers used long enough screws, etc. This is not to make us paranoid, but rather to ask the question, if we can trust strangers with potentially life-changing or ending circumstances so easily, “Why are we not falling over ourselves to fully trust in our Heavenly Father, not just to save our life, but allow Him to save our eternal soul?”
That’s not a rhetorical question, I know that there are many answers or excuses to that question. But ultimately, it comes down to one thing: we choose not to believe – or at least we doubt him from time to time. God gave us the gift of choice and we can choose, to choose Him.
Faith is work, the right attitude is work, learning to ride a bike is work. Sometimes when something takes work, we make mistakes. Those mistakes can be sins. But through reconciliation, those mistakes, those sins are forgiven, forgotten, erased from memory.
From Bishop Barron’s keynote address, if we wanted to play golf, would we tell a beginner golfer, “Just simply go out and do what emotionally makes you feel good and you will do great!” Ridiculous. Of course not. The care and feeding of souls, takes energy and effort. We must strive to become about it, make our lives for it, as we were designed. The Church is in the business of making Saints, taking ordinary sinners, like you and me, and bringing us back, over time, to God before our time on this world is done.
Let’s put down those things that stand between us and our Eternal happiness, leave those things behind and prepare to get to work. And here is the best part, in order for us to achieve victory, for evil to be defeated, we just need to say “Yes to Christ,” and begin His work. Thanks, son, I appreciate the lesson.