Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. — Psalm 103:13-14
One of the most rewarding experiences for me in life has been working with people to help them develop and grow. Perhaps, it has been an employee that I’ve watched grow from an entry level worker into a leader. Or perhaps it’s a student that I have taught, watching them learn and put into practice the concept that I have been teaching. At times, it’s my own son. Sometimes, those lessons are difficult to watch.
One thing I have learned is that there are times you have to let them fail so that they can learn. It is so tempting to simply step in and try to fix things for those learning. But sometimes, you have to take a step back and let them try their own way.
I was reminded of these verses in one such situation recently. A father knows that his child is just that, a child. He understands that they need to learn, develop, and grow. Because of that compassion and care that the father has, sometimes, he has to take a step back.
I am convinced that many times we try so hard to do things our own way. God may have given us guidance, but we believe that we know better. I wonder how many times God, in His compassion, has let us try things on our own, just so we learn a lesson?
In those moments, we are learning through God’s compassion. He could easily step in and address the situation. Instead, He chooses to let us learn a valuable lesson in trust and to rely on Him. Maybe you can think on a time in your life where God let you fail in trying something on your own. Take a moment today and thank Him! While the lesson may be tough, the lessons that we learn through God’s compassion we will never forget.
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