Wings and Roots…

 

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” Corrie Ten Boom

 

I am sure most of you who know me think you know where this might be going by the title… well kinda.  The other day when my two CSA work share ladies were here we were chatting at the end of their day and one happened to mention how the other says we have to give our children ‘wings and roots’ both at the same time…  I thought that was very inspiring, especially when two of the things I love most have wings and roots.

Our children start out as helpless little creatures that need us to survive… food, warmth, nurturing, shelter and protection.  Without us they would simply and most assuredly die.  As parents or caregivers we attempt to give these things to our children with utmost care… we love them and want only the best for them.  When they are small we try to teach them things… first with physical movements such as rolling over to crawling and then finally to walking and running… speech comes into play next as well as the ability to feed themselves… but still they need us completely during these formative years.  During the younger years we are also teaching them about Jesus and our faith… this is the time when the roots are growing deeper and when fed the right things will grow healthy and strong… these are the roots in their life that will help them along in the years to come…  when we give them their wings…

As our children become young adolescents and young adults the roots we have given them as small children should hold them firm during the trials and adjustments they will face at this time.  Their wings will form and they like young fledglings coming out of the nest will want to try them and see how far they can fly safely… coming back regularly and each time going out a bit farther… Eventually they will settle into a state when they have their belief system and hopefully a deep faith of their own. This faith is a personal decision that must be made by each one individually… a time of choosing roads they will travel… a time of growing and maturing.  The roots we have helped grow will help them with the decisions they make now…  What are we feeding the roots is the question we as parents must all face and realize that one day we will be accountable for…

It takes faith to let go of them… to trust that they will make the right decisions… to look away when you want to grab hold… smile and trust when you want to cry and protect…
But He is bigger than anything… stronger than anything… and ever true…

           

 
“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 2:5

Until next time,
Jean


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