**Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here.
Her head turns as I walk by, her eyes focused on me without hesitation. She smiles and babbles at me, and lights up every time I look at her.
How is it that this little girl has come to trust me so? How is it that she finds such comfort and joy in me? I make so many mistakes as a parent, and yet still she looks to me, trusting completely in her mother.
I am called to emulate her, to respond as she does, but do I truly receive God with quite the same unwavering trust? Do I let myself be dependent on Him as she is on me? Do I keep my eyes fixed on Him as firmly as her eyes are on her mother?
I learn from her daily, about love and life, play and joy. But above all, I learn about faith, about trust. About being dependent on God who is Our Father. Our Parent.
I know that I make many mistakes as a mother, and it breaks my heart to think it, but I know that one day she will realize that I let her down sometimes. But right now, she looks to me in such complete trust.
So how come I struggle with looking to God in the same way – to the One who never lets me down, who is always always there, who loves me perfectly and unconditionally?
I guess faith really is a gift. It requires awe, wonder, creativity, play, peacefulness, prayer, and trust. So many qualities which we come into the world with and slowly lose over time. It’s a gift I know I am constantly in need of asking for.
And there is only One who can give it.