Hanging On for Dear Life
For in Him we live and move and have our being, (Acts 17:28, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Steven was just a preschooler when I first taught him to snow ski. The very first day was arduous—for me. I felt like a down-covered workhorse as I lugged two sets of skis in one arm while dragging along Steven with the other. Clunky ski boots, overstuffed mittens, and a hooded snowsuit made it difficult for Steven to maneuver. Add all that to the slippery snow, long lift lines, and a resistant four-year-old, and you have the makings for a windfall of whining in a winter wonderland.
After several failed attempts to teach Steven how to snowplow down the bunny slope with the ski tips pointed inwards, I came up with another idea. I made an A-frame tent with my legs. Then Steven stood in front and between them. He wrapped his arms around my thighs, and off we went! He went where I went. If I moved right, he moved right. If I moved left, he moved left. His only responsibility was to hang on and relinquish control. And even though he thought he was skiing, in reality he was simply along for the ride.
What a picture of how I want my journey with God to be. I cling to Him, wrap my arms around Him, and move where He moves. If He goes left, I go left. If He goes right, I go right. “But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him,” (1 Corinthians 8:17 TLB).
King David wrote, “I cling to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:8). Peterson’s paraphrase says it this way: “I hold onto you for dear life” (MSG). I see Jesus and me. Union. A sudden glory.
So think about how you are going to move about your day? Can you picture yourself clinging to Jesus? I can promise you this…when you cling to Him, He will take you on adventures you never thought possible!
Lord, I cling to You. I hold on to You for dear life. If You go left, I go left. If You go right, I go right. In You, Lord, I live and move and have my being.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It’s Your Turn
Have you ever run a three-legged race?
What happens if the runners don’t keep rhythm with each other?
Just for fun, if you have kids, get them to run a three-legged jaunt and teach them the importance of staying connected to Jesus.
(For those who don’t know what a three-legged race is, here you go. Get 2 people standing side-by-side. Tie the right leg of person A to the left leg of person B. Now you have a three-legged unit. The race is a bunch of three-legged runners.)