Last month my boys went to a local “Adventure Park” to use passes they received as a Christmas gift. My parents were in town, and since they had given them the passes, it was great that my parents could go and watch them climb.
They were so excited to go, to climb, to learn how to maneuver the courses. After a brief intro (which included the phrase ‘tweezle it’, which is the term for locking clips onto the line so there is no way you can fall, enough times to hear it in our sleep that night) they were ready to get to the platform and start the fun.
They enjoyed the first course they chose, and went through it together. This momma heart was so happy.
Climbing, crossing obstacles, they were cautious, but enjoying themselves……..
they realized the next obstacle they needed to maneuver was a zip line.
I know how fearful the sight of a zip line in front of you can be.
Years ago at a Mommy and Me camp with Mr. Football, unbeknownst to me, the moms had a tradition of doing a zip line one day while the kids were swimming. I wasn’t too excited about the prospect.
After what felt like hours of fear and trembling, but was probably only minutes, I pushed my scared body off the platform and ‘took flight’. It was amazing!!!!
I was so happy that I pushed through the fear of getting off that platform to experience the joy and exhilaration I felt flying through the air on the zip line.
So I knew exactly how each of my boys would feel when they pushed through their fear and pushed themselves off the platform. But despite my encouragement and my experience, somethings need to be experienced to be fully understood. And that’s what each of my boys figured out that day.
I’m so proud of them for pushing past their fear and discovering for themselves how fun it could be to fly between the trees.
Our faith is a lot like a zip line.
So many times in life, we may worry or not believe that God will catch us when we fall. When we leap.
But if we are ‘tweezled’ into a relationship with Jesus, He will not let us fall. The ‘ride’ might not be graceful at times, we might be stiff, we might sit…and sometimes we might feel so free that we can give a fun little Ninja kick on the way.
But no matter how we choose to get off the platform of a problem, if we seek God, He will not let us fall.