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Lead me to the rock… the towering rock of safety

I have a 3-year-old, soon to be 4 in October… who am I kidding… a 3-year-old soon to be a teenager, it feels like anyway!

My toddler is extremely stubborn and independent when doing just about anything these days. Every morning I enter her bedroom and tell her “Livvy, it’s time to pick out your clothes and get dressed.” Livvy then races over to her dresser drawers and yells “I’ll do it! I want to pick!”

On a side note I will often get asked, “Did Livvy pick out her own clothes today?”

Let’s just say she tends to pick out some very interesting color choices, that’s for sure.

Now, every morning I offer to help Livvy get dressed because I know what’s going to happen. She is going to try and try until she gets absolutely frustrated and then throws a temper tantrum because her clothes are on backwards or she just can’t seem to get her head through the opening in her shirt, or that one sock just won’t go one. After this happens, she THEN screams for me to help her.

Every morning I try to avoid this from happening. Every morning, I try and help her BEFORE she gets frustrated, cries, and throws a fit, but she just won’t let me help until she has exhausted all avenues including herself and this tired Momma too!

Psalm 61:2 says “From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.” (New Living Translation)

Whether we as adults care to admit this or not, we are sometimes stubborn in the ways like I described my daughter Livvy. We try to do things on our own, in our own time, and in our own “power” even though we truly have no power except power that comes from the strength of Jesus! Can I get an Amen?!

Everyday my daughter will try to do her routine all on her own again until she realizes she can’t. It’s so hard for her to recognize that she needs my help until she is so overwhelmed. We are not so different than Livvy are we?

Psalm 61:2 reminds us that when we are overwhelmed that we have a God that goes before us. We have a God who David describes and testifies to as His “Rock.” The NLT translation describes God as “a Towering Rock of safety, Hallelujah!” We don’t have to go this journey alone.

We don’t have to do our daily routines alone and we certainly don’t have to wait to go to God until we have exhausted all “avenues” and have become overwhelmed. In fact, the only thing that we must do is not be stubborn and ASK Him for help. I know, it’s SO tuff but totally possible!

So, I encourage you today, to trust the God that I serve and know as my personal Savior and towering rock of safety. Trust Him and rely on Him! I promise, He won’t ever let you down!

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Finding Faith is written by area pastors. This week’s column comes from Captain Holly Johnson of the Salvation Army, Lock Haven.

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