My Ink Dance

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What Happens When We Walk Away From God

I watched my daughter insist she could handle the challenge in front of her. She never said she didn’t need me, but she did make it clear that she’s got this. So I watched. And I waited. This could go two ways.

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She could accomplish what she set out to do. I would be right where I was, where she left me and knew I would be. And I could smile when she did it hoping she’d look back at me and smile too.

She could fall short of what she set out to do. I would be right where I was, where she left me and knew I would be. And I could smile when she came and asked me for help, whether it was right then or days later.

Either way, I would be there and I would smile.

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When I talk about my shortcomings as a Christian I forget that God is my parent. I forget that I am that child insisting I can do it all myself, running ahead of Him in my independence. But He never moves. No matter how far I go He’s got eyes on me and things can go two ways.

I can succeed on my own or I can fail on my own.

The real question isn’t whether we succeed or fail. The real test is whether we return to the Father in both circumstances. Either way, He’s there waiting for us to come back with a smile on His face and the embrace of a Father.


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

8 Replies

  1. Oh, how many times I have done this. I’ve run ahead of him and tried to do things on my own, and then fallen flat on my face. I’m so glad he’s always there to pick me back up and never leaves. What an amazing God we serve. Thank you for sharing this beautiful reminder of his perfect love. -Abby (visiting from Coffee for Your Heart)

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for your kind words Abby!

  2. Such a simple but profound point. This illustration is also a great reminder not to take myself too seriously. When we put ourselves in our kid’s shoes, remembering that we, too, are God’s children, there is so much to learn.

    1. Becky Hastings

      You are so right!

  3. Becky I love the simplicity of this! There have been so many times I’ve run ahead of Him, looked back, and He was there for me. So very thankful for His presence and your post!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

  4. Becky,
    This is so true: “The real test is whether we return to the Father in both circumstances. ” So grateful God is a loving Father and there for us whenever we return 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s so easy to forget, but that doesn’t change who He is!

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