No Yankoo!

The Lord helps those who help themselves.
said no one in Scripture ever
The kids have already barreled out of the apartment at an alarming, and quite noisy, rate. I quickly grab my purse and the various totes and lunch boxes needed for a few hours at the park. I walk briskly to catch up with the children who have already run down the one flight of stairs on their way to the car. As I turn the corner from walkway to concrete stairs I see the shortest of our crew. It’s my little two year old. He’s already conquered a couple of the steps by himself, which isn’t surprising seeing as we embark on these stairs multiple times a day. However, from force of habit and motherly instinct I reach for his hand. For those of you dear sisters who are familiar with two year olds you will not be surprised to hear that my helpfulness was greeted by the infamous two-year old answer, “No yankoo!” as he quickly pulls his hand in the opposite direction! I am caught a bit caught off guard. “Why you little stinker!” is what I would like to say, but considering that stubborn reply of his wouldn’t change a syllable I decide to let him do his two-year old thing and let him walk by himself. I don’t touch him again as he slowly descends the steps, but I do stay close by just in case he takes a tumble.
And the thing is, I don’t want to help him down the stairs so I can remind him of his weakness. I only want to keep him safe. I know I’m bigger and steadier on the stairs. And good it feels to squeeze his still small hand in mine and maybe search for the dimple on his knuckle. I want to be close to him. I know I can keep him safe on the stairs; if only he would accept his need for help.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil;
He will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.
Psalm 121

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