I HAVE A DISTINCT MEMORY FROM MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GYM CLASS DAYS of a long, thick rope dangling from the cafeteria ceiling rafters. One by one, my peers and I took our turns at making the climb alone, setting our sights on reaching the top. Gulp. I remember the pressure as all the other kids stood around watching to see how far I’d get. The best part was the knot on the bottom, because that was my only leverage to push off with! With every muscle in my young body engaged, and my legs, ankles and feet collectively wrapped around the rope, I clenched the rope in my nervous, clammy hands and began to climb. I don’t recall ever reaching the top, (the monkey bars were more my thing back then), I just remember hanging on with everything I had. So many years later it has become an analogy to me of my complete need, desperation, and dependence on God. The whole body is engaged, yet, while clinging tightly to the rope with one hand, I had to let go with the other to reach up in order to get anywhere. One grip at a time, reaching a little farther, my whole body moving up, focused. I couldn’t just sit there hanging on. I could stop and rest, take a breather, and then get back into the climb. But effort had to be made and my sights had to stay focused upwards. Even when I rested, I had to hold on tight. (Hence, the picture of me resting on my rope hammock 🙂 )
It really reminds me of the tension of my own life, abiding in Christ — hanging onto Him tightly, yet letting go and reaching up, inching along as I trust Him with each move. Being “all in” to this life He’s called me to, even while I’m scratching my head and searching His heart for this journey. Anybody with me here? To keep going, keep moving, taking periods of rest along the way, always keeping my sights UP by spending time with Him in prayer and His Word, getting filled with more of Him that will hopefully spill gracefully out to those I encounter throughout the day.
That’s the challenge though, right? To keep our eyes focused on Him? Today, maybe take a moment to ponder your own daily climb. Are you keeping your gaze on Him and trusting in Him for every move you make; every detail of your life? Are you truly resting in Him? Is it time to make a move forward? Or, is it time to take a little rest? All of it is important — all a part of the trusting journey with Jesus.
I love this verse, here in the Voice translation:
“My soul clings to You; Your right hand reaches down and holds me up.” ~ Psalm 63:8
Enjoy life today while you trust in Him!