The first was a young girl around 13 years old. She was listening to, presumably, her parents call out instructions from the boat.
“Ok, hold your feet close together but not too close so the tips of the skis don’t touch. Lean back some, but not too much. Hold on tight, but not too tight. Are you ready”? The young girl’s response was barely audible, “yeah, I think so”.
You hear the power of the boat go into high speed, others on the shore are cheering, “you can do it, you can do it”! Then the voices from the shore are heard again, “awh”, the power of the boat stops.
I watched as she struggled and was not able to get all the instructions down in the right order to get herself up. Lots of coaching from the shore and the boat. Many voices each saying different things.
Over the next half hour, trying over and over again, she eventually got up and stayed up for quite a while.
While watching this girl, I also noticed some boys skiing, two where older then her and one was quite a bit younger. It was noticeable these three boys had been practicing a lot. All three were being pulled at one time in a threesome. You could tell they we good at skiing and were having a lot of fun. They were teasing each other by spraying each other by edging their skis. I could tell their continued practicing had paid off.
There were no instructions being yelled out, just their parents in the boat; one driving and one spotting.
The boys were approaching their dock and the first of the three let go and made a beautiful close landing within a few feet of the dock. The next one let go and did the same. The third one, being the youngest and presumably just learning how to do the triple skiing continued to hang on. All I heard was the mom yell, very loudly, “let go, let go” and he quickly listened. He let go making a nearly perfect landing as the other two.
Let go, let go – it’s ringing in my ears!
The ears of a mom who has tried really hard to listen carefully to all the specific instructions of parenting a teen. At times I feel like I’m getting pulled under, not being able to get all the instructions in the correct sequence to get it right.
I have had the experience of getting things right and staying up and doing well for a while. I have also had times where enjoyment is part of the experience and it seems fun and easy. There are no loud instructions being yelled at me because I have the skills to do what I need to do.
But, there are times in my experience I lose focus and need to listen to the last and loudest instruction – LET GO! If I ‘let go’ and listen, God will take care of all the worries of this mom! During this time, I must go back to basics and remember the steps in being successful.
- God’s Word - Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
- Let go