They fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Into the steadfast arms of their catcher. It’s a spectacular looking feat as we watch overhead. But what are their thoughts in midair? What would your thoughts be?
It’s a simple lesson in physics, really. The arcs of two swinging bars affected by gravity and centrifugal force overlap one another in a totally predictable pattern. When started at the appropriate time, there is no doubt that the other bar with your catcher will be in the right spot for transfer when the arcs intersect.
Yet actually letting go of one bar completely, seems to require more than a mental understanding of the physics involved.
What’s holding you back is the feeling in the pit of your stomach; the nauseous excitement that makes your heart beat faster and your palms sweat. That is the reality governing your actions, or inaction, at the moment of letting go.
As I was about to lose my job of many years, I felt like God gave me the vision of being a trapeze artist. I had been swinging on one bar for a long time, just back and forth, easy, breezy. And God was showing me that if I would let go of that, He would be there to catch me from another bar.
I loved my work. It had become a big part of my identity. Yet I felt He was saying it was time to move on to something different. That I would have a new, equaling rewarding purpose. But I’d have to let go of what I had been holding on to.
Is God reaching out to you with something new?
What do you need to let go out so you can grab the next good thing He has for you?
It was hard, but I let go. And in His faithfulness, He was there. With all that came next, it was absolutely the right move, although I couldn’t see it when I let go.
He even gave me a fun song to sing as it was happening.
I’m no trapeze artist
I can’t let go
Clingin’ to this swingin’ bar
Is all I know
What was I thinkin’
Climbin’ off the ground
Grabbin’ onto this ol’ bar
Just to hang around
But the longer I stay swingin’ way up here
It seems to be the natural thing to do
The world has dropped away and the air is clear
And I’m wonderin’ if it could be true . . .
That – I’m a trapeze artist
Can’t wait to go
Swingin’ high up in the air
Oh what a show !
I’m doin’ flips, watch me
I’m spinnin’ ‘round
My God is catchin’ me
He’s my solid ground!
Ask God for the courage to let go when He offers you something new.
He IS your solid ground!