Sometimes when I go with a friend from another country to a coffee shop or store, I step back so they have to talk with the person working. I stand by in case they need my help, but by stepping back and letting them have a chance to try, they improve their speaking ability and gain more confidence.
It is similar to when a father takes the training wheels off the bicycle of his child. At first the father holds on but eventually lets go and stays close behind because by doing so the child develops the ability to ride a bike.
One morning in my class, I separated two students into different conversation groups for the first time. They are from the same country. The newer student did not want to be separated until I showed her a picture of a bicycle with training wheels and told her I thought she was ready for the training wheels to come off.
Jesus repeatedly referred to God as father with phrases like your father in heaven. In Romans 8 we read about God being our father:
“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
There are times a father steps in and helps and there are times a father steps back to let the child grow and develop ability. The same is true with our heavenly father. There are times he will step in and there are times he will step back, but always present and empowering, to allow us to grow and develop.
I watched a short video yesterday with a story line that is a wonderful analogy for our father child relationship with God. The title is Abandoned/A Messenger International Short Film. I want to share it with you today. I hope it blesses you as much as it blessed me.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.