Jason C. Stanley

ponderings of a dad walking humbly & seeking justice

Face Planting

Baby J has hit a milestone. She now sits up with very little help, or without her arms extended out for balance. And she is quite proud of herself.

Baby J sit up

Every once and awhile though, she’ll get super excited about this newfound ability and falls face first.

Looking to do something new and different is challenging. And it often involves a lot of face planting. Each one of us has gone through something in life that was challenging and difficult for us to change. Going from being single to married. Going from being a married couple to becoming parents. Transitioning into a new job, a new school, a new city. Or, maybe, something a little bit harder. Letting go of a certain addiction we didn’t think we could get through the day without. Saying goodbye to a relationship that was toxic. Or moving from a place of anger and resentment to a place of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Sometimes the face planting is the result of our own doings. Other times, it is the result of unwise choices made by people around us.

All of these changes lead to new things, like learning to sit up by yourself for the first time. None of them, however, come without a few face plants along the way. And that’s okay. When Baby J dives face first into the carpet or the blanket, Megan or I are there to help her. Sometimes she is so startled by what just happened, that she bursts into tears. We are there, to pick her up and comfort her. Because she knows our touch, it doesn’t take long for her to calm down.

We can expect the same from our Divine Parent. God is watching over us, knowing that there will be a few face plants here and there. But, God is also there to pick us up and comfort us. We are reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

May you find comfort in the arms of your Divine Parent the next time you face plant.

1 Comment

  1. And I for one am grateful He is always there to pick me up, dust me off, comfort me, and encourage me to carry on. Thanks for the reminder, Jason.

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