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Reaping the Rewards of the Climb

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Reaping the Rewards of the Climb

I recently watched my grandson struggle to climb up into a chair. I chose not to help him. Not because I’m mean but because I love him.

After all my years of parenting and with a little common sense thrown in for good measure, I know that if a child can’t climb up onto something on his own, he won’t be able to get down on his own. If we help him up he’s not going to have the skills he needs to get down. I didn’t help him but I was right there by my grandson allowing him to struggle (and yes, taking pictures – shameful, I know!). But just like I cheered on my grandson (and took pictures), Jesus cheers us on and says,

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

The Struggle Is Real

As an adult, I’ve learned, begrudgingly at times, that God knows what we can handle and what we can’t. He allows us to struggle, not because He’s mean, but because He loves us. He knows we need to be able to work through whatever it is we’re working through to be stronger on the other side. It’s simply good parenting. He knows that the struggle makes us stronger. Even when we cry about it. And maybe especially when we cry about it. You know it’s okay to cry, right? I hope so. I’m learning that myself. Sometimes I’m scared to start crying because I’m scared I won’t stop! I’ve also learned that just as I long to comfort my grandson through his struggle, the Lord longs to comfort me as well. The struggle might make us cry but it also makes us stronger. 

The struggle makes us stronger

The harvest of our struggles is real so get back up and keep climbing. Your reward might be just over that next hill.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11

Bring on the reward. Bring on the peace. Who’s with me?

~Andrea

Keep Climbing

 

(Pics are of my adorable grandson, Owen. No harm was done in taking them. He was busy climbing and crying and getting stronger. He didn’t even notice. 🙂 That boy makes my whole heart happy! His mama gave me permission to use the pics here.)

About Andrea

I'm a stumbling pilgrim and gatherer of stories. Stories about Jesus and how He gave His life for me, sustains me and redeems me... even though...

10 responses »

  1. Andrea,
    What an insightful post. I certainly never looked at trials and tribulations we experience in that way. Yes, God is with us through our struggles, watching, and supporting us through it all, strengthening our faith.
    Amen.

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  2. such a great parallel!
    and he’s a cutie. of course I can’t hear him crying, so that helps.

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  3. I really loved his post! I hadn’t really thought of it this way before, but hearing the story about your grandson made this lesson so much more concrete for me. God is there, loving us deeply, in and through the struggle 🙂 Thank you!

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  4. Love this – I babysit so many kids, and they are such a great example of not only child-like faith, but also these moments of love as well.

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  5. I love this post! A big AMEN! Just as Grandma knows best for her grandson, God knows best for His kids. His allowing us to struggle is part of His love for us. Thanks so much for sharing and ministering God’s truth. 🙂

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