April 22, 2010 was a big day in the Aldridge house. At the request of the kids we took the training wheels off of the bikes of both Kate and Tom (twin 5 yr. olds). With a mixture of fear and excitement, I ran behind my daughter while watching my wife do the same with our son. It was very "wobbly", (Kate's word). It's exciting for me to watch them grow and explore their world in new ways. They are growing up faster than I would like. With each passing day they each are becoming their own little independent person. I don't like the fact that they need me less and less. They can get dressed by themselves, feed themselves, clean up after themselves (even though they don't "like" to). They are growing up, becoming more mature ... which got me thinking (of course).
What lessons am I teaching them?
As you can imagine, with no training wheels, the first thing both kids did was ... fall. They were used to having the training wheels there for balance and stability. Without them, they needed to learn (actually relearn) balance and the importance of putting a foot down when stopping.
The second lesson learned from life with no training wheels, was that Mom and Dad can help with balance. They needed us to provide balance. Just like we need our gracious heavenly Father to provide balance for us. Throughout the Bible, God has to remind us that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5; 1 Kings 8:57; 1 Chronicles 28:20; Hebrews 13:5).
What does that have to do with balance? God is always with us! He has His hand on the back of our bikes and is teaching us how to balance through life. The balance He is teaching us daily is our need for Him.
Psalm 9:18 - For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
Psalm 12:5 - “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
Psalm 70:5 - But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!
Mark 2:17 - And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Philippians 4:19 - And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Hebrews 4:16 - Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
What do all these verses have in common? What do they all have to with balance? God provides balance in this life He created for us. How? By providing what we really need: hope, safety / protection, deliverance from sin, mercy, grace, and the opportunity to approach the throne of Grace! The balance we all need is the balance that comes from seeing the world as it really is, not as what we want it to be. It is the balance that comes from taking the focus off ourselves (self serving pride) and placing it on Him and what He desires for us.
Balance is critical. Without it we fall. Without it we give into fear and despair. Without balance, at best this life is "wobbly", at worst this life can seem random, hopeless, chaotic. We all need a more balanced view of life. My prayer for us all is that we spend the rest of our days finding our balance in our Loving, Faithful, Creator, and Redeemer God!