Flying High: When Trust Isn’t Easy

Father Catching A Child

Flying High

Trust is a concept I have been thinking about quite a bit lately.  Honestly, trust is something that I force myself to push towards daily.  Trust isn’t always easy.  My circus   home is full of high flyers.  The 3 Bros and handsome hubby are adventurous, fun-loving risk takers.

Two nights ago we were leaving a high school basketball game and were saying our goodbyes outside the gymnasium.  Micah was not with us (it is amazing how fast these boys can disappear).  We looked around and saw him…in a tree…upside down…a huge rock below him…hanging by his legs.

My heart rate soars, my stomach sinks, and I want to scream at him.  But I learned long ago that as a trainer in the 3 bros circus, this method doesn’t ever work on any of the four  three male animals.

So if your circus resembles mine or you just want to become a more trusting person here are a couple of exercises that I have found quite helpful.

Separate Reality From Cray-Cray

I have seen more injuries and potentially earth shattering situations than you have time to read about.  The interesting thing about these “incidents” is most of them were only figments of my imagination. I have imagined decapitation, amputation, kidnapping and bankruptcy.  Sure we have had our share of emergency room visits, concussions and tough financial times but nothing of the magnitude of what happens in my mind.

If not identified, extreme thoughts can terrorize and eventually paralyze.  If I let these imaginary dangers take root in my very fertile mind, the 3 Bros and handsome hubby would never fly high and become the men which they were created to be.

Take Your Concerns to The Management

Early on in my career, I worked for a boss who was very abusive.  I’m a tough girl who can handle “difficult” people but this one was “The Devil Wears Prada” meets “The Exorcist” evil.  I compiled all of my concerns shared them with human resources and later to the owner of this multi-national beauty industry giant.  Two weeks later I had been promoted and my boss soon left the company.

I take my Ringmaster position very seriously.  I trust the owner of the 3 Bros Flying Circus far more than I trusted the CEO of the beauty industry giant.  The One who chose handsome hubby and I to be the trainers, nurtures, and unconditional advocates for these 3 Bros knew that we would trust Him to catch our boys when they fall, watch over them when they are tempted to stray, and protect them from any dangerous perps lurking around the circus.  (that last one is circus talk…)

Now, when I’m feeling the pangs of anxiety and the temptation to “sideline” handsome hubby and the boys because I am afraid to let them soar, I take it to the Owner of the Circus.  He reminds me that He’s got it under control.  They belong to Him, He loves to see them flying high and He will keep them safe.

Know That the Lives of Those You Love are in Very Good Hands

I know that not everyone who reads this blog believes that there is a God who created them, knows them by name, and loves them beyond their wildest imagination.  I also know that almost everyone no matter their beliefs can think of times in their lives when they have experienced protection from grave danger, guidance when lost, comfort from grief and an inexplicable “knowing” that everything is going to be alright.  The unseen hands positioned to catch you and your loved ones belong to the Heavenly Father.

I’m not sure what He has in store for my sons and handsome hubby but I do know that his thoughts towards them are good and not evil, to give them a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).  He made them lively, adventurous, social, athletic, hilarious risk takers for a reason.  He did not create them to be mere spectators in the stands, he created them to fly high by faith, and me to be a proud Ringmaster who directs your attention to their amazing feats.

May you find your inner Ringmaster today.  May you reject your anxiety about tomorrow and embrace your joy for today.  May you see your family as God sees them. Celebrate their gifts, talents and personalities knowing that their futures are secure in Him.

Until Next Time…Fly High and Dazzle ‘Em,

~The Ringmaster

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I will bless any man who trusts in me.  I will show my favor to the one who depends on me.  Jeremiah 17:7

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jermiah 29:11

We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  2 Corinthians 10-5

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Your Capacity to Love is Greater than You Think…Mr. Fluffy’s Great Escape!

Mr. Fluffy

Mr. Fluffy

Just when we think our hearts are filled to capacity with our loved ones, something happens to show us these hearts were created with some type of Divine elasticity to love ad infinitum. How could a creature that sleeps all day and runs all night, shut down the 3 Bros Flying Circus?

Hysterical tears, catatonia, and against all odds frantic closet cleaning – just one day after meeting this little pin eyed, overweight ball of fluff.  Love, regardless of the object or how long experienced, is a powerful thing.  One of my Pastors once told us not to disparage puppy love because puppy love is true love to the puppy.

This year my eight year old son wanted one main gift for Christmas, a hamster.  If I had known that he was going to ask for a pet before hand, I would not have tricked him into giving us his Santa list.  (If you don’t know this story of intrigue and deceit you must read one of my previous posts: Code Word “Selfie”: The Ringmaster, Santa and the Great Deception.)

The day after receiving the new member of our family, Micah asked our entire Church congregation to pray that Mr. Fluffy would not get lost or hurt.  That same night, after playing with Mr. Fluffy, Micah returned him to his cage and joined us in the family room for a rowdy game of Slamwich.  (A super fun card game that involves quick reflexes and a lot of luck).

Family game night over, we retreated to our bedrooms where we heard these dreaded words.  “WHERE IS MR. FLUFFY?!?!?” Handsome hubby and I ran into our son’s room and peppered him with questions.  Isn’t he in his cage?  Did you close the cage door?  What do you mean you didn’t lock it?  Micah crying inconsolably shouted “I DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS SO SMART!”

All five of us, now struck by cupids arrow for the super smart, super cute Mr. Fluffy – were now all on the verge of tears frantically searching everywhere.  We cleaned closets, shoveled nerf weapons and dirty pajamas from under the boys beds all to no avail.  Just as we were about to call off the search for the night we heard, “Here he is!”  Mr. Fluffy had walked right up to middle son Caleb and was ready for his adventure to end.

That night we realized that our hearts had been expanded and Mr. Fluffy was already a much loved member of our flying circus!  That night I also realized that just as Micah cares for Mr. Fluffy, our Heavenly Father also cares for his little creatures and more importantly, the Heavenly Father cares for Micah.  Our capacity to love greatly reflects the deep love of the Father who even answers the prayers of an eight year old about his beloved Mr. Fluffy.

Until next time…Fly high and dazzle ’em!

~ The Ringmaster

Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31

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