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Topic: Surprised (09/06/07)
TITLE: The Other Day
By Marita Vandertogt
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It never happened.
Instead, it hit the toes of my shoes, and as I went to fling myself into the air again, pushing against gravity in childlike abandon to the great “I can still do anything” belief, my feet again did not leave the pavement on the driveway. The gazelle-like lightness of my younger days was nowhere to be found. I smiled, collected the rope, and tried again.
I can do this, I said, clamping my teeth together tight to help the concentration. Once again, with feet in launch position, I took another swing with the rope into the air, getting plenty of height above my head. Then brought it down once more, the speed whistling past my ears. This time bending my knees just a slight bit to get a higher leap into the air. Down the rope went again and hit the ground in a loud smack. I mustered up all the strength I could get from my legs, and tried to push them upward, in a one, two, three, here we go kind of routine. One, two, three, rope overhead. Rope moving past my eyes, toward my feet. Jump...
And still nothing happened.
How can this be, the question rolled around in my head, several times over. My eyes squinting in search of an answer. I had always been able to jump rope. Why is this so difficult now? Sure, I’m a little out of shape, but who knew just how much. I was surprised by the decline in my muscles. And by how much a few extra pounds could affect such a simple task. Clearly a life change was in order. I rolled the skipping rope up and put it back where I found it. This surprise at how far I’d declined physically, was an eye opening experience.
Which lead me to wondering if my spiritual muscles may have gone the same way. A little flabby and out of shape from lack of use. Or maybe weighed down with a few extra pounds of care and worry, and a lifestyle that may need a little adjusting in terms of more Him, and a little less me.
Anyway, I haven’t tried the skipping rope since. I can still feel that surprised wave of “how did this happen?” when I think of that asphalt driveway and my lead feet.
A physical lesson learned. Maybe a spiritual one too?
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