Through Maddy’s Eyes: Life On The Slackline

My family just bought this thing called a Slackline; a giant tightrope you fasten between two trees that is made of seatbelt material. You try your best to focus on successfully getting across without injuring yourself or falling off.

Anyway, I tried it out.

Okay – first you have to understand that I have no gymnastic ability whatsoever. I can play soccer fairly well, I can tackle people in football, and I can take someone down in dodgeball. I can play you scale after scale on the French Horn, and I can make you a CD of mixes I’ve made and songs I write. I’ll make you complicated coffee recipes, babysit kids all day, and sing you every TobyMac song – I can even burp my ABC’s. But ask me to do a handstand or a cartwheel, and I fail. I tried to do a high-kick ONE TIME, and I nearly fractured my neck. One of my close friends is a gymnast, and she has tried several times to teach me some basic things, but gave up because I just don’t get it.

Anyway, as you can imagine, my first try going across that slackline was NOT cute. I lasted .004656 seconds before I fell off. And the sad thing is, I was only about 2 feet off the ground. I can make it across with the help of someone else. I’m just not going as fast as I’d like to.

But, you know what I’ve realized from that slackline?

That slackline is life. I’m just me. The person helping me across is Jesus. I can’t make it across on my own, but I think that’s Jesus’ way of showing me that it’s okay not to do so well – that’s why He’s there. I might fall down a few times, but as long as I get up and don’t let a small failure stop me, it’s totally okay.

And you wanna know something really cool? Jesus won’t ever give up on me like people do. He won’t try to push me down or make me feel bad about myself. He won’t take advantage of me, or break my heart. I get unlimited chances to get better at this thing called life. Pretty cool, right? I think so.

With a whole new chapter of cool stuff about to happen in my life, there’s going to come some times where I’ll fail. I’ll miss a deadline. I’ll fall down flat on my face. I’ll probably cry. I might even flunk some tests or forget to study for something really important. I get all that. But I am confident that I will be alright in the end, because when I fall, I’ve got a mighty big God to catch me. And you do too!

Psalm 46: 1-3

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear in when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!”