Thursday, March 7, 2013

A Free Falling Faith Into My Father's Arms

I wasn’t planning on posting today.  I’m speaking tonite for a women’s group and am in full prep and prayer mode, but I love what came in an email to be today,  from a friend, and  just had to write about it.

One of my (many) issues is – trust.  I won’t get in to all the reasons why that may be so, but suffice it to say – I sometimes i struggle with trust, and sometimes even (deep breath) trusting God.

My friend wrote to me about something going on in her life, and then added these words.

“My greatest desire is to be totally dependent on God and to let my desire to have a plan and be in control not be a stumbling block for what God wants to do in my life. To be able to free fall into my Father's arms.”

… to be able to free fall into my Father’s arms …

I love it!  That’s my hearts desire, too … to be able to free fall into my Father’s arms.

I’ve never been to a ‘team building workshop,’ but I’ve heard of them.  Often times, they’ll build ‘team trust’ (I don’t know if they call it that, but it sounds good) by having a group of people stand behind one person, tell the one person to close their eyes and fall back freely, learning to trust that their team members will catch them.

Sounds scary to me.  I’m not so sure if I’d be the first to raise my hand to give it a whirl.  Truth is, I may be the first one to try and peek over my shoulder or stick a leg out when I’m at about a 30 degree slant, in order to catch myself, just in case. 

Either way, it’s a good picture for me to super-impose on my relationship with the Lord and my willingness to trust Him.  

Do I trust Him enough to lie back and let Him catch me? 

I posed that same question to my friend in a return email. 

She responded.

“I struggle with that free falling kind of trust. I would rather just "Martha it" myself, but I do believe that He would love for me to trust Him unhindered and uninhibited. I want to let go of my desire to control, let Him take the lead and trust like a little child.  He has given me every reason to do so.”

Just the what I needed to be reminded of today, my "free falling faith kind of friend."  I suppose Someone knew that.  

I’m heading off to teach tonite.  As usual, I’m nervous and feeling a bit vulnerable, but I’m going to show up with a ‘free falling kind of faith’ and trust the Lord to take the lead.  He has given me every reason to do so.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing, Andrea. I needed to read this today. Love to you! Janelle

Nancy said...

What a picture....that is quite a wonderful goal to aim and pray for. Thanks for the reminder.

Deborah said...

Hello Andrea,
Yes, yes, I say to your intention to trust. At every turn this lesson has presented itself probing deeper and deeper, peeling back even thinner layers of obstruction. Why must I have to get to the purest form of trust? Because there I will be free? Because there I will be FREE!!

Thinking of you in FL.

Andrea K. Van Ye said...

Thank you, ladies, for your note and for your encouragement. Deborah ... always love your unique and probing insight in to life and the Lord!

Frances said...

In service today I received the impression from the Lord that I need to let go of the idea that either of my two lovely daughters' homes will be where I reside in my upcoming retirement. He tells me that I will be disappointed and I do understand why. I am not trusting that He has a plan for me and that He is able to carry it out. I fear being alone in old age yet I know that my children do not owe me anything. I raised them well and they have their own lives to live. I would not fare well in someone elses life. I am a strong, independent woman who has made her way all these years by the grace of God. And now I am at a crossroads and I need to make a choice so I can be at peace. I, too am seeking that freedom in Christ and need the courage to throw myself into the loving arms of my loving Father. I know there is more to life than this and I refuse to leave this earth without tapping into the wonderful grace of God.

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