How do you climb?

We celebrated my son’s birthday at an indoor rock wall climbing place.  As I climbed, I had to use my brain a lot!  I had to think about each move before I made it.  I had to plan out my steps and grabs so that I could continue to go further up and not slip.

One wrong step and I could slip and smack my face on the wall or worse, fall and bust it on the ground!  It is so exhilarating, but I have to trust the auto belay to catch me as I fall back.  But each time you fall, whether on purpose or not,  you have to believe that belay system to let you down slowly, keep your feet out, so you don’t hit the wall and hope to land gracefully on the ground.  There is a split second of time where the belay hasn’t caught you.  A split second of complete terror as to whether or not it will grip and keep me from getting hurt.  A moment of my life flashing before my eyes and then…it tugs a bit to let me know it has me and lets me down gently.

This is such an excellent representation of our Heavenly Father.  We go through life planning each step of the way and hoping that God will catch us when we fall.  And we will fall.  But in that moment of fear or lack of faith, we wonder, will God catch me this time?  Will He help me out of this mess that I am in?  And yet He does.  He lets you down and puts you back on solid ground.  And then we do it all over again, climb, plan, worry, and fall.  What if the next time we climb, we ask God where we should take our next steps.
What if we ask God where we should go next and then we can let go into His loving arms and know that He will carry us down. Isaiah 46:4 says just that, “Even when you’re old, I’ll take care of you.  Even when your hair turns gray, I’ll support you.  I made you and will continue to care for you.  I’ll support you and save you”.

I challenge you that the next time you make a plan that you ask God first.  Ask Him to plan your steps and guide the way.  You might be amazed at how much simpler your life can be if only we ask God to make plans instead of us.

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