We celebrated our granddaughter’s second birthday last week, and it reminded me of something she showed me more than a year ago.

Arianna’s dad is my son Tony. Last year their favorite game consisted of his throwing her in the air, catching her, plunging her down to the floor in his arms and then swooping her back up again for a repeat performance. I called him her human roller coaster.

One Sunday they were playing their game. Arianna was leaving Tony’s hands at every upswing, but in the blink of an eye, she was back in his arms. Her enthusiastic laughter was proof that she felt no fear. She simply trusted her daddy’s hands to be there to catch her and his arms to hold her tight when they did.

Today Arianna still explores everything she can reach to touch or taste or climb upon. The job of protector falls to Dad, Mom, grandparents and other loving adults in her world. She never thinks about what she doesn’t have but enjoys immensely what she does. And she falls asleep every night with no worries just to wake up refreshed and ready for another day of possibilities. Our Father wants us to have this kind of trust in Him and, with it, an expectant zeal for life.

They say life is a roller coaster. But if we position ourselves in our Father’s hands and learn to rest in His love, we—like Arianna—can trust the Operator and enjoy the ride.

Mark 10:15 (NIV)— “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

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