(Originally from September 2013 on my dearanonymousfriend blog.)
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you.” Psalm 9:10 (NLT)
This morning I took little man for a walk to the local library. It was a half hour program of music, movement and singing. My daughter had wanted him to experience this time and so this lovely morning I put him in the stroller and we set out.
It was a great adventure, the weather is fall like and the walk to the library was filled with seeing buses and cars and construction cranes.
Little man was enjoying himself and did not realize he was going on a new adventure. Grammy did. There was a part of me that was very hesitant about going. What would be required of me? Where should I park the stroller? Would I have to sit someplace other than holding on to my dear little man?
No, I do not take well to new experiences. I don’t welcome them. Give me the same routine. Don’t put me out of my comfort zone. I don’t like it.
So, my lesson for today? Go with the flow. Check out the situation, take a few steps into the thick of things and hold on tight to what you know. That is exactly what little man did today. He checked out the surroundings and studied the other toddlers. He took a few steps out on his own, but did not wander far from Grammy’s reach. When he needed reassurance he climbed back into my lap and sat watching it all.
I was so very proud of him. He joined in and smiled. He was a bit reserved, but he participated. Lesson learned. This old grammy saw how he handled this group. He didn’t kick and scream. He went in. He didn’t cry, he let me do the arm motions with him. He was brave. He had a new experience. He got a stamp on his little arm of Mother Goose. It was his badge of honor. He made it through his first group experience.
I think I got a bit braver too, but I didn’t get a stamp on my arm.
New experiences are part of each life. For those of us who are leery of any new situation, it takes boldness to step out of our familiar places. When faced with new things, how do we react? Personally, I try to avoid them at all cost. This does not always work for me, so I go to my Father, my protection, my safety and rest in Him.
“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 (NLT)