My son, who is almost four, is in a “Hold you, Dada” phase. When we get out of the car at the store, he stands on the door frame with both arms up, “Hold you, Dada.” When we get up to go to the other room, he just stands there, puts his arms up and says, “Hold you, Dada.” It’s often inconvenient because I’m in a hurry, plus he’s getting too heavy to lug around everywhere. Sometimes I hold him and others I respond in frustration. Even when I get frustrated with it, I remind myself these days are coming to an end and I’ll miss them.
We spend so much time in the early years of our kids lives trying to take them from dependent to independent. It seems our goal as parents is to have kids who operate independently of us so we can do other things. I find it interesting that God does just the opposite. His goal is to take us from being independent children and to turn us into dependent ones. He longs for us to not want to take step without Him holding us. His desire is that we would stand there with our arms raised to Him and say, “Hold you, Dada.”
As I was thinking about being dependent on God more, I was reminded of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6. We pass over part of verse 11 quickly without giving it much thought. It says, “Give us this day, our daily bread.” God doesn’t give us groceries for a week (which is how most of us shop). He wants us to be dependent on Him daily and to go to Him daily for our needs. He could provide a lifetime of bread for us with just one word, but He doesn’t. He longs for us to go to Him and to rely on Him.
God knows that if He were to supply more than our daily bread, we would start to forget who provided it and then begin to take credit for His work. It’s not a far stretch to take that further to our salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace that you are saved and not of works lest any man should boast.” God knows that our independent nature wants to do things to earn His grace and salvation, but that’s not God’s plan. Our dependence on Him is what He’s after. He’s done the work. He’s paid the price. He’s just waiting for us to hold up our hands and say, “Hold you, Dada.”