My oldest daughter, Katie, is 4.5 years old. Well, almost 5! *sniff sniff sob sob* Those who know us know that our family won’t be making any women’s basketball players. WE. ARE. SHORT. One of the consequences of being so short is you MAY quite possibly learn to ride a bike later than others. Katie, has always been our kid a little slower on large motor anyway (except walking lol) but put that along with being short, and well, that is not a good combo going for her in the skill of bicycle riding.
Well, last year she was able to to her tricycle (YAY HOORAY!!!). This year, she wanted a “real bike” – and in case you were wondering, no I don’t mean like a real bike as in 2 wheels and we just threw her out on the street and said “best of luck to ya kid…” and stood back and watched her get scratched and scraped over and over… and over. Let’s face it. That is totally what would have happened. Not only are we short, not athletically inclined, but I am a HOT. CLUMSY. MESS… and poor Katie inherited this. Sigh. So that would have been a disaster waiting to happen. One trip to the ER, with Little Mermaid band-aids on the side, coming right up! No. Geez. I am not THAT irresponsible. Sheesh. Though sometimes I do admit, if they fall I just yell YOU ARE OK!!! LOL. but what mom doesn’t?
So, it is a princess bike. It has training wheels, and was THE SMALLEST “real” bike out there. She was STILL too short for most other 2 wheel bikes. So, when we saw this one, it was princess, and pink, and streamers on the handles, a basket for her princess baby doll (yes she has one) AND on sale… we seized the opportunity.
We were out back in the alley (we lives in townhouses folks. Again, we are not irresponsible parents making our kids learn to ride bikes among the rats, dog poop and smells that smell like a 5 year old dirty gym bag… ok, there MAY be dog poop to watch out for…) Katie was on her bike. She was trying with all her might to peddle. However, she keeps trying to push with BOTH feet at the same time, therefore she kinda just… goes nowhere. She was getting upset and after about 5 min was ready to give up. She was starting to get teary and saying she can’t do it.
Now, good awesome stories to help my children through a crisis, or to get them to clean their rooms, etc etc don’t always pop in my head. Sometimes, however, God is totally rockin’ out on my side and just goes “here ya go Em, try this story on for size…” and drops an awesome analogy in my head like a giant gumball falling into the hands of an elated toddler. This was one of those times.
Now, I am sure some of you may be like ehh whatever. That wasn’t such a great example. Well fine. Don’t use it. But stop analogy dream stomping on others successes ok? It worked, she got back on her bike, she did it, and she was quite proud of herself and super happy. So, I say it was a victory.
What story popped in my head?
One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets.3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink….” Matthew 5:1-7
How, you say, did I use this story? We had actually just read this story a few nights previous together. I told her that sometimes we have to keep trying and trust God. We have to keep trying in order to get it. Keep practicing. I asked her if she remembered about the first followers of Jesus, and how they had fished ALL. NIGHT. LONG. and caught nothing. She said, yea! We just read that (or something to that effect) I then said, well did they give up the first time, or keep trying that night? She said, they kept trying. I said, yeah that’s right. I asked her what happened next and she said Jesus came and helped them to catch fish. I said, YES! Katie, that is right. Jesus helped them. They didn’t give up and they trusted him to help them. SO, what do you think you should do?
She looked at me with determination, wiped her tears, and said “Jesus would want me to keep trying. He will help me get it. I shouldn’t give up.”
So, she kept trying, and guess what? She got it. She was very excited and screamed “JESUS HELPED ME MOMMY!!!! JESUS HELPED ME RIDE MY BIKE!”
That’s my girl 🙂