Years ago I loved the back and forth, up and down, motion of swinging on a park swing. I loved the butterflies that would bump into each other inside my stomach by such activity. The thrill of soaring higher and higher with each pump of my lanky, knobby-kneed legs. Pure exhilaration!
Then I became an adult...who can no longer tolerate the motion.
Isn't life comparable to this at times? Let me explain...
Life happens - and we learn to be more cautious. We learn that things don't always turn out like we'd anticipated. We become wise to bumps in the road; of pot holes to be watchful for. We learn that there are both friends and enemies. We experience joy, hurt, happiness, disappointment, etc. Yes, some days "doing life" simply brings the buzzards out, instead of butterflies. Sometimes it's hard to stomach!
I've learned, and am trying to implement it even as I type out this post, that it's alright to be cautious. I just need to stay in the swing! It's like a pendulum, you see. It's got to swing back in the right direction eventually. It's a hard lesson to learn. I've been reminded of this by a dear friend on multiple occasions. It's also written in God's Word. It goes something like this:
"To every thing there is a season..." Eccl. 3:1
We sometimes just have to be bold enough to sit tight. Sometimes we have to hold on to the rope for all we've got; trusting that God is in control of all things.
As sure as the swing goes backward, it will again go forward. As sure as it will bring you down, it will take you up again. Just hang on tight!
No matter what a day may bring, if we can enter it looking forward to the plan of God, relying on Him to make it all beautiful, and most of all determined to continue swinging - we'll be rewarded for our diligence. Simply because God always rewards our faithfulness. Because He is faithful!
"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
We're God's children. He's in control of the swing, my friend. Daddy's pushing His little (and big) girls and knows just the right amount of pressure with which to push. The buzzards and butterflies may threaten, but we're designed to fly with the eagles.
So grab hold tightly with me - no matter the season. Let's go higher. Let's make this season one to remember even as we expect something BIG from God - today and every day.