Friday, April 19, 2013

Five Minute Friday- Jump

Five Minute Friday
Five Minute Friday time again! Todays prompt is JUMP
He squeezes his eyes shut, fear washing over his face and my Mama's heart is torn. I see how scared he is, I can feel it myself, but I also know how much he'll love it if he'll just push past that fear and GO. He's my first-born, my cautious child. But he's also the one who loves to dance. The one who throws himself into his tasks with abandon- it's all or nothing with this guy. So I encourage him, trying my best not to let my own fear for him show: "Come on, buddy, 1 2 3 Jump!" The cool waters of the lake lap gently around my shoulders as I look up into my sons face. He's perched right on the edge of Papa's boat and I can see how very badly he wants to pretend he's not scared and just go- but again he hesitates. "I'm right here buddy, I promise I'll be right here, just jump to me, you'll love it, I promise!" Minutes drag by as he wavers and his Daddy and I take a few more runs to show him how it's done. Oh he wants it. Come on baby, don't let fear take away your right to fly. He edges closer. I watch the thoughts go through his little head- he can see himself leaping through the air and splashing into the cool water below. He edges even closer. My words catch in my throat as I realize this is a moment between him and God. I've made my promises. I'm right where I said I'd be. Mama, Daddy, Grandma and Papa hold a collective  breath as he edges to the side, takes the tiniest hop and plunges into brave. His grin surface before the rest of him as we watch something click inside his heart. We didn't lie. He wants to go again!

Now it is his example that I must follow- when my Daddy calls me to a place I long to go but I must first hurdle that wall of fear. He's promised He'll be there. I can see it. I want it so bad. What will your answer be when the Father calls you to JUMP?


  1. Great analogy. If we could trust our heavenly Father the way we want our children to trust us - knowing he will always be there to catch us.