The gift of risk

June 22, 2012 in Five Minute Friday,lessons for moms

She looks extra small up there. The board sways vertically even with her little weight. And she looks up, right at me, with tears streaming down her down. 

“Save. Me.” They plead. 

The swim instructor treads water and tries to encourage her. It is just a jump. With a teacher waiting to catch her. She quakes her head back and forth which sways the board more so she tries to sit down. 

“No sitting.” A lifeguard barks. Her job and my baby’s emotions clash. 

Another lifeguard climbs the short ladder and begins walking toward my Bird. The movement of a full size person arcs the board precariously. The lifeguard lifts Bird and drops her in the water where the instructor catches her but not until her head goes under. It needs to be realistic. 

Year 2 of swim lessons: jumping alone but still worried. 

I am not a risk-taker. My instinct as a mother is to protect, comfort, soothe. Life won’t match my instincts and the ability to meet uncertainty with the confidence of God is a gift I want to give. So we start risking small. And pray big, knowing that a life lived in pursuit of God is adventurous, daring, and brave. 

Writing today with friends over at Lisa-Jo’s. Today’s word: risk. Join us!

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

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Julie Anne Jordão June 22, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I love that sentence: We start risking small and pray big. I can only imagine how tight your heart was at that moment. God bless!


Mothering From Scratch June 22, 2012 at 1:32 pm

{Melinda} I want to be more of a risk taker. I want to trust God so fully that I’ll walk off the diving board and plunge into the deep end, confident that my Savior will catch me. Fear often holds me back. I think the enemy uses it so effectively against each of us. But the more I do things that scare me, the more I experience God’s sufficiency. And it gives me a little more boldness the next time. 🙂


Nikki June 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Risking small and pray big. Love that! Risks are small when we know God is there to catch us in the deep end…
Great 5 Min Write!


Alba Marrero June 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

It is heartbreaking at times watching the reality of our world and praying praying praying praying for our children; mothering is painful. Grateful for His loving arms to sit in for comfort. Thanks for sharing, i’ll be following….


redemptionsbeauty June 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Oh, we learn to deepen our faith on the sidelines of watching children risk in order to grow. Mothering, its the school of learning to see ourselves through their eyes and then laying down the control we convinced ourselves we had in the beginning. I’m not sure that I have learned more from any other single thing than being a mother. It’s risky business.


tori June 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Awesome post! I’m just now learning to let go a bit, to accept that my toddler has to handle some life on his own, and you captured that “starting small” process so perfectly.


Paloma June 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Beautiful post! very hard to let our kids go through anything even a little bit scary… You are a strong mommy! 🙂


Blond Duck June 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

She’s so brave!


Casey C. Springer June 24, 2012 at 4:10 am

Oh that is hard! I get that momma bear mentality. It is hard to let them go to take that first (dive) step into life. Even harder for us to watch them take it.


Rebecca R. June 24, 2012 at 5:32 am

Really like this! Your daughter is very brave, and so are you! Stopping by from SITS!


Bubbling Arroyo June 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

Beautiful psot.
Visiting from 5 minute Friday.


Blond Duck June 26, 2012 at 1:54 am

Have a magical Monday!


Bell Jar Vintage June 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

She is so brave facing that fear! Sometimes we need to trust others are protecting our kids. See my post on risk – we mother’s think alike. 🙂


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