I frequently read this book called “A Little Stuck” to the quints. It is one of their favorite books. They love to shout “stuck” really loud when the boy gets items stuck in the tree…It’s so cute.
The book is a simple one. It is about a boy who got his kite stuck in a tree and try’s to get the kite out. He tries to throw multiple things up in the tree to get the kite out, but everything gets stuck. It is pretty hilarious the things he throws into the tree too, like a cat and even a house. After the boy has tried countless things to get the kite out the tree, he has an idea and successfully gets the kite out… while everything else in the tree stays stuck.
Do you ever feel like this?? That maybe in part of your life… whether it be days, weeks or even months you get “stuck”? Relationships, parenting, work and/or even health ?
As many times as I have read this book, I feel like this last time a light went off in my head. In something as simple as a children’s book, it made me realize how much we… I …. need not to trust in myself’s ability to get me out of a ‘stuck’ situation, but to rely on my faith to get me unstuck.
I think this book is a great example of how we go through life. Life is full of ups & downs and when we tend to get ‘a little stuck’ (the kite in the tree) our first instinct is to try and fix it ourselves. We may go rounds and rounds of trying (throwing all kinds of object to get the kite unstuck) but nothing seemed to work and more ‘stuff’ piled up (all the items thrown that are now stuck in the tree, with the kite). After we tried everything and we feel defeated, we give up (as did the little boy). We then understand we can not do this without the right tool….and we look for ‘something else’. That something else is Jesus!
The ending to this book is so great. Finally the little boy gets the kite out of the tree… BUT everything else he tried to get it out with…stays STUCK! I love this!! (Leave all the baggage behind).
We are, humans. We are, sinner. And we are, not perfect! But no matter what we get ‘stuck in our tree’ while ‘getting our kite down’…. we can (at anytime) admit our need to Jesus and pray. Leave all those items stuck in the tree and allow Him to get you through life UNSTUCK.
As we go on with our life and try ourselves to fix situations, we tend to make more of a mess. Our immediate need is never greater than our need for Jesus…in all situations. If we live by our faith, trust God to carry us through our life situations, the hope is that we can get our ‘kite out of the tree our first time’.
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.