Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Keeping Your Grip

When I was little, my school had a gymnastic swing set. I loved that thing. I tried to be a gymnast later on, but I was too tall and could never really do a cartwheel. Part of the jungle jim at school had a bar to swing upside down from. My friend always fell backwards fast. Maybe for the rush of it. It took me a while to work up the courage.

I had seen the Olympic girls on TV flip and fly through the air. A simple backwards swing wasn't that bad. But even this little metal bar, 3 feet off the ground, seemed too high. Wonder if I fell? Wonder if I lost my grip? Fear got the best me. My little six year old self didn't want to go splat.

Now we're older, and the bar is a little higher. The ground looks far away, and we've still got questions to answer. When do you swing backwards, with all your might, and pray you don't fall? When do you do something you think God is calling you to do, even if you don't know how it will turn out? How do you know when the ideas are from God, or from self? When do you wait for direction, or move forward?

What I'm learning is this: Never let go of God. And second, follow His lead. What has He told me so far? What does His Word say about this? Where is He taking me now? And then I pray. For the courage to overcome fear, for the faith to take the next step, for the closeness to Him not to miss a beat. God is always holding on to us, with His grip on us a thousand times stronger than our grip on Him. He just wants us to hold on for the ride.

Whatever questions you're asking yourself recently, I hope you remember who's holding on to you. His grip won't ever let you go.

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