If you knew my youngest son, Ben, you would possibly describe him as a fireball, full of energy. He is confident. He never stops talking, and he runs until he cant run anymore!
One day, he and I were running on the trail with 2 of his older siblings. He wanted to lead; but then he got tired and wanted to stop…
I asked him, “How do you know when you should lead and when you should stop?”
He responded, “When my energy runs out and when it comes back.”
I inquired, “Have you ever thought of asking God when you should lead and when you should stop? Or maybe ask me, your mama and the person God gave you as your authority, when is best to go and when is best to stop. I know you pretty well.”
“OK… LORD, my energy is all out! Mom, can we stop now?” he breathed the words out hard.
“I think you can make it to the end of the road, and then we can stop and walk a bit.” He agreed and charged to the end.
We kept this up- starting and stopping, praying and asking, charging on and taking rests. We practiced throughout the run… praying to God, asking for help, and then asking to stop. We finished our run together.
My heart was to give him a real example of what it is like to walk with Jesus as Lord. I wanted him to SEE a concrete example of what it meant to ask Jesus where to go and how far. My desire is that he learns to ask Jesus when he should lead and when he should rest and let Jesus Himself do the work.
I know he is young.
I’m sure he didn’t fully understand it.
But I pray it gives him a pattern to live by. Because we all know what that feels like… when we are running our life race, and the days get long and the hills and trials get hard. Many times our energy and even our faith run out! God knows we are this way! That is why He gave us His word to seek Him out, and pray to ask for help. That’s also why He gave us Jesus as our Lord and example and family and the church to help.
Because He holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My Name. When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”Psalm 91: 14-15
For He KNOWS our frame; He remembers that we are dust…But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.”Psalm 103:14