LEARNING TO LEAN

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (KJV)

“Stand on your own two feet” is a phrase many of us learned growing up. Essentially, it meant that we were to grow in independence, develop our skills, and become self-sufficient. We do a pretty good job of that until we begin to encounter some of the rough patches of real life.

The storms that are essential components for maturity buffet us as relationships unravel, as cherished careers disappoint, as finances fluctuate, and as any number of unanticipated events rock our world. In our disillusionment we suddenly become clear-sighted; we discern there’s a missing element; that we are not enough. We just can’t stand on our own two feet.

We discover the God who has been there all the time, but now we need him. We are not sufficient to ourselves. He has been waiting for us to realize this; he has waited for our epiphany. We gradually, tentatively, begin to rest on and in him. He is there, and he is enough.

Dear Father, thank you for always being Emmanuel, God with us, and for your incredible patience. Let us rest ourselves in you. Let us lean on your everlasting arms. In Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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