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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

"Mom, what would you do?"




         We were at my Daughter's Lacrosse game when my Son turned to me and asked.


                 "Mom, if you were on a helicopter and it was about to crash would you reach for the parachute or would you trust that God would save you?"
                                     
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                 "What?"


             He repeated the question again. I am used to his "would you rather" questions...like the one " Mom would you rather eat a roach or dive in a pool full of roaches." He smiles when he can gross me out. It's a "boy thing" I think.




          But this question was interesting and different. Maybe he got it from Sunday School?  I answered honestly. "Well,  I know God would probably want me to use the parachute." I smiled feeling my answer was clever. I mean God most probably placed that parachute there just so I could use it right? God places things in our path all the time to help us..
                                  
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              "OK," He added. "What if as the helicopter is about to crash you hear God say  "Trust me not the parachute." then what? Would you use the parachute instead anyway?"




               "Oh, well if God says to trust him then I have to Trust Him."


    He went right back to playing on his ipod and I was left with a wierd feeling.  How quickly I would trust Him?


I mean...really the helicopter is crashing and I have a perfectly good life saving parachute at arms reach. God's voice says trust me and I let go of the parachute? I want to say yes, that I would just allow God to take over, But (knowing that I would be unbelievably terrified) I know that several things might happen...first I might question whether or not I was hearing correctly.


"So, let me get this straight...You said that I should NOT put on the parachute?"

                      


Then I might bargain...




"Hey I trust you God , but  I'm crashing here, couldn't I just hold onto the parachute for safety's sake just in case?"
                               
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"How about I slip one arm in the shoulder strap...that's trusting you ...a bit right?"

                                       
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Hey this is God we're talking about here! He said to trust him...who am I to say uh uh?! Sometimes we go through horrendous trials and as much as we should trust.... the human fallible side of us beat ourselves up for not having more Trust or we feel that we are alone and forgotten. 


Not so. He is always there. Right THERE.


Recently I have heard of some Church members going through horrific situations only to stand straight and praise and trust Him even when the future seems bleak. A light in them shines brightly and they pass it on to others.


That's God my friends.



From the beginning. In Everything. I want to say your will not mine


              Do I do that in all situations? I'm ashamed to say not always.  I forget and then I revert to that need for control. I feel hurt from a friend or relative that I thought I had forgiven...and then feelings of failure set in. I think that I am super woman and that I can work miracles in my surroundings and then I feel discouraged and annoyed when I find myself in more turmoil. I should know better, God's grace has pulled me up from many tragedies. Time and time again I have witnessed his compassion when I thought I could take no more. He has never abandoned me....and even so I wonder how many times he has asked me to trust and I have chosen not to listen.

I'm learning, and I am humbled by His patience as I stumble and get up again.






Now back to that Helicopter...Will I Trust him?


                                  Yes, I will.
         
                         

19 comments:

  1. Good for you! We just cannot help it, we have the need to control, to fix things ourselves. Because after all, we are so very wise and do know everything there is to know!

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    1. Yeah, isn't it so funny how we think we have it all figured out.

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  2. Quite honestly, I'd have to go for the chute and make amends subsequently. Satan is a powerful yet defeated foe and, like he tried with Jesus, the tricks didn't work.

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    1. Yes, it is a tough one. I don't want to ever be in a situation like this...too scary to even think about!

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  3. I have seen people at our church show the glory of God in their trials, too. Now it's someone close to me, I have to trust.

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    1. I know what you mean. When you see someone going through something hard and they still shine through with God's love...It gives you strength to shine too.

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  4. I am not sure what I would say. I trust God but feel He gives us ways to be able to help ourselves in some cases. For instance, the parachute could be God's way of saving us if we reach out and use it.

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    1. Yes he does give us signs and ways to reach out to him. Everyday I see more and more.

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  5. Well now...God said, "Trust me not the parachute"...he didn't say "don't use the parachute"...nothing wrong with a little backup I always say. Frankly if I had to jump out of a plane, even with a parachute, there would be a lot of trusting in God going on. More than enough to satisfy HIM I would imagine.

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    1. LOL! I know this is a toughie. I am terrified of hieghts. My Son comes up with some doozies!

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  6. well if i knew it was God i was hearing, i wouldn't use the chute--but i would think, that God was getting a good laugh--great question!!

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  7. Girl you give me chills! I so badly want to say I would follow blindly but man sometimes I think I know what is best and then I find out I so messed it up! Would I be that person that stayed while the other left turning their back because if they knew if they said they believed they would be killed.

    P.S. I love to make cupcakes for friends kids parties and you my dear would be on the friend list :)

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  8. Excellent post and very thought provoking. Since I have lived a goodly portion of my life, I suspect I would trust in God to look after me. This is what we have to do each day of our life anyway.

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  9. You raise a great question. The only thing I would add is, "God, I don't do hints...make your answer unmistakable, okay?"

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  10. wow what a question your little one is very interesting and thought provoking very cool. as for me i'm not sure I would trust i'd probably grab the parachute while saying "just in case you forget anything" yep i'm not a trusting person

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  11. I hope I never have to make that choice . . . kids have such a way of making us answer hard questions inside ourselves.

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  12. One I hope I never have to make that choice secondly if you didn't trust god and use the parachute and it failed and you died and went to heaven what would you say when he says I told you not to use the parachute, why didn't you trust me..............lol So would I trust him I like to think I would........

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  13. That was a difficult answer...But I agree: Gos Is There for us...no matter what!
    Hugs...
    It was an honor to know your blog!
    Thank You

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  14. This reminds me of my grandpa - flying a WWII plane, they were hit, they put their chutes on, miraculously the fire went out and they were able to make an emergency landing. Then grandpa inspected the parachute to find it was riddled with holes. Had he jumped...

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