I love finding spiritual parallels in the every day. This video of my son climbing up to Dad surprised me with some of those. It’s from while we were exploring on our holidays last weekend. I took it just because I was enjoying watching how he moves with such confidence and wanted to capture that. It wasn’t until I watched it after that the connections struck me.
It is tradition for us to go camping on the May long weekend. We’ve never been to Drumheller before, and found the geography pretty cool to explore. We went on a mine tour and climbed the hoodoos. We rode in a helicopter, checked out the Dinosaur Museum, and played mini golf.
As soon as I pressed record, he says, “Dad, I’m coming up there. So can you stay there?”
The Things That Jumped Out At Me
He says, “stay there?” – Our God is unchanging. He is our rock. He will never change who His is, so our destination will never change. We will never have the nasty surprise of working hard for something only to find out the requirements have changed.
His eves watch the ground beneath him, so he can be sure of his footing. But he also keeps looking up to see where Dad is – to make sure he’s on the right path to get where he wants to go. Romans 12:1&2 says, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
At one point, it looks like he hurts himself – likely put his hand down on one of the cactus plants growing along the path. Sometime we get hurt. It’s a fact of life. And sometimes we come to a halt while we deal with the pain, but then we need to look up and keep moving toward the healer.
And then he gets distracted by a rock. By something shiny or exciting or curious. Noticing our surroundings and finding beauty in it is great. Being distracted from our purpose is not.
And then in this case he carried it along. When we carry hard things with us, it just makes our journey more difficult, and makes it harder to find our footing. In Matthew 11:28-30, we read “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
We could also look at that part in another light, though. Was the burden he was carrying something special that was worth taking along, in spite of the hardships, to offer to the father? Like maybe a relationship that is challenging but where our faithfulness is going to have great rewards?
The Father is always welcoming, always loving. He is watching your progress, cheering you on, and has you in his never closing eyes. He is protecting and offering hope as you walk ever closer to Him.
As you are climbing up to the Father, with your eyes focused on Him, you might be surprised at how that provides a filter to see Him in every day life. Enjoy the scenery!