My daughter likes to repeat herself. She says the same thing over and over again until she gets our attention. Her most recent appeal has been to push her on the swings. Being that she is so young, she’s unable to swing by herself and therefore needs assistance. She wants a “big push” to gain the proper moment to feel the maximum wind flow through her hair. She will literally sit in the swing yelling, “Daddy, come push me!”
The other day I tried to pass off the responsibility by calling my wife over to give her some momentum. As she neared towards the swing, without reservation, my daughter pushed her away and said with great demand, “No! Daddy has to push me!”
Unsure why she wanted me to push her and not my wife was a foreign concept. Therefore, without hesitation I walked over, secured her in the swing, pulled it back as far as it would go, and then let it rip. She shouted with excitement over the exhilaration. My wife looked at me without pausing,
“You push her a lot harder than I do!”
So it is with Jesus. How many times have we sat longing for God to come give us a push? To do something great in our lives that no one else can do. We may of had others push the swing at times but for some odd reason they always came up short, leaving us sitting still begging for our father to come to the job the right way.
I’ll never forget the first time our daughter went to the top. She was nervous how high we were climbing. Fear coursed through her fingers as she clutched the swings chains tighter. We often want the thrill of flying but forget about overcoming the fear to get going or the trust it takes in the one pushing the swing.
What we must cling to is that when we call upon the Lord in faith, He will not only come to our aid, but He will also help us get over the fear of getting to the top. Even better, if we call out to Him and trust Him, He give us the greatest encounter we could of ever experience. He will “never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5) as He is the momentum that keeps us going for eternity.
Where are you?
- Are you sitting on the swing waiting for that push? “Call upon the name of the Lord” (Romans 10:13). Stop looking for someone else to do the job that only God can through His Son Jesus.
- Are you terrified because God is bringing you to the top of the pendulum? “Don’t fear” (Isaiah 41:10). The Lord knows what He is doing. Embrace the fact that He is in control.
- Are you enjoying the ride? Is life going great and you just can’t get enough? Awesome. (John 15:11) Don’t forget that when you lose momentum, ask God to give you another push and don’t be terrified when He takes you to the top to start over.
The best is yet to come!