From the privacy of the car, I watched a little two-year-old bundle of all-boy energy. With infectious delight, he was climbing the large rock boulders that marked the perimeter of the parking lot.
I saw the moment when his eyes focused on the biggest boulder there, probably about thirty inches high.
The face of it was smooth, with no footholds. Reaching to his highest stretch, he could just barely reach his fingertips to the rounded top. He kicked and reached but could find no way to conquer this "mountain". Frustrated, he called for help, but he was rewarded with nothing more than an ignoring smile. I watched him struggle, his determination admirable, but finally he was forced to admit defeat. He shuffled off, head down. Then, he gave one last reluctant look over his shoulder.
Immediately, his body language changed, and he turned and raced back to the boulder.
He had not realized that this boulder had another side to it, a side that had a convenient step naturally provided in the cut of the stone. Reaching his short little leg as high as he could, he was just able to catch the top of the step with his boot, and in a second, pull himself up to sit triumphantly on the top of his "mountain". I heard the exuberance in his voice as he exclaimed, "I made it! I made it! It's amazing! It's amazing!"
I saw the lesson immediately.
How often we look at the "boulder" circumstances of our lives from only one side. If we walk around to God's side of it, we find that He has already provided a step, a way to conquer it, to climb to the top and experience the exuberance of victory! The accomplishment of overcoming, to the point where our view is through God's eyes and not our own, is that we see His purposes, and then our joyous victory song can be heard by all who are watching! "I made it! God is amazing!"
1 Corinthians 15:57 – But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NKJV)
Prayer: Dear Father, help us not to view the boulders of our lives from the side of defeat, but rather, with childlike faith, to look for the side where You have already provided the way of escape, the way to victory! To all who are watching, may we proclaim through our attitudes and actions that our God truly is amazing! Thank You for Jesus who was born and came to show us the "steps" to an overcoming life! Amen.