I have never been much of a traveler. I simply don‘t like being away from my family. A few years ago, I had to spend more than a week on the other side of the Country in school. I returned home and found my youngest son playing on the deck of his tree house. No one seemed to notice my return or even miss me enough to be looking out for my arrival. I quietly approached his tree house and just stood there with arms full of luggage for a few minutes as I watched him play. All of a sudden he saw me and took off running. Without any warning, he jumped from the top of his tree house toward me yelling…”CATCH ME DADDY!” Without any thought, everything in my arms fell as I reached up and plucked him from mid-air. “Son,”I said, “Please don‘t ever jump like that again. I could have dropped you.” Without ending his hug he said, “No Daddy, You never drop me!”
In difficult times, it is easy to worry about failure and falling. It can even be overwhelming when we realize how many people are expecting us to “CATCH” them. If we are not careful, fear of dropping everything, even the ones we love, will render us helpless. In Luke 12:6-7a, Jesus says, “What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head!” Jesus is trying to reassure those to whom he is speaking that they are not in their struggles alone. God is with them. He goes on to say that we should use our lives to proclaim our faith. He‘s suggesting that we focus on living faithfully in the small ways, trusting that God will provide the guidance and answers for the journey. In other words, tend to what we can in the best and most faithful way we can. If we let worry and fear grip us, everything will fall.
My son was right to expect me to drop everything to catch him. I always do. Jesus even says that we‘re “…worth more than a million canaries. (Luke 12:7a)” If we tend to what we can, as faithfully as we can…God will not drop us.