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Topic: Up and Down (04/02/09)
TITLE: See-Saw of Life
By Ruby Harris
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open my mouth and vent to its fullest. But, when coming down I get anxious about how hard I am going to hit and how bad it will jar my back and other parts of my body. I begin to tense up and after a couple trips up and down, I begin to weary of the fun.
When I am up in the air I feel free like a balloon. I have freedom to wave my legs and look around smiling at the world. It is just when I start down and realize that the ground
is getting closer and closer, I begin to worry. I don’t want to bump the ground and hurt myself. I certainly don’t want to catch my foot under the see-saw and mash it. I don’t want to jam my back by hitting too hard on the ground either.
Now, I am not having fun anymore. It has all turned to worry, frustration and thinking of possibilities that probably will not happen. I am ready to get off and I want to get off first or else I may really hit the ground too hard. I need to know the other person will let me get off without getting hurt. Something as simple as a see-saw has turned into anything but fun.
Sometimes, our walk with Jesus is like that. We get up and get elated when He wants us to do something. UP we go on the see-saw. Then we get to thinking “What if?” and the excitement starts to abate quickly. Then we worry about getting hurt, someone rejecting us and making us feel embarrassed, like we just fell off the see-saw. Here comes the worry about getting down. Will it hurt? Will I land too hard? Will someone help me dismount without damage to me?
Fear over what is going to happen to me coming down is taking over. I am not paying attention to what the see-saw represented in the first place. FUN! PLAY! SHARING!
It has become worry, fear, anxiety, I have let fear and despair take over.
Jesus doesn’t ask us to do something with this kind of repercussion. He wants us to enjoy Him and all that He leads us into. If He brought us to the see-saw then He intends for us to enjoy it, He doesn’t want us to make our life with Him anything like a see-saw. He is with us in the UP and He is there in the DOWN. We have to realize that life can be fully exciting one day and not so near as much the next. A lot of things influence our days and we must rise and fall with Christ in them all. In all life’s ups and downs Jesus is the one that keeps us perfectly balanced like two perfectly sized people that level out the see-saw.
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