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Audibles Episode 3 “Lessons from the Trapeze”

Several years ago, I took my family to the circus. The big top show was really impressive, from jugglers, to lion tamers, the classic circus clowns… it was the full show. One of the acts at the circus was the trapeze artists.

I noticed as the trapeze artists swung from one apparatus to the next that there was a definite technique for both the aerial flying artist, who was letting go of the trapeze and performing flips, and for the artist who was on the next apparatus waiting to catch the flying artist. The catcher held his hands to his chest until the very last moment and then shot his hands out very quickly and grabbed the flying partner’s extended hands.

I watched over and over again as the lady spiraled and twirled through the air extending both arms out, waiting for the catcher to reach out his hands and grab her hands before she fell to the net below.
It became clear that the technique of the catcher holding his hands to his chest to the last minute was crucial.

If they both reached out their hands throughout the trick, the tendency would be for them each to over-adjust their hand locations trying to connect, which would have led to the flyer falling to the net. The flying artists had to fully trust the catcher would extend his hands and catch her at just the right moment.

As we watched their routine, I sensed God reassuring my family and me. I had just abruptly resigned my position as an associate pastor at a church, and I was anxious about my future, for me, for my family, and for the church I was leaving.

Married with three kids, it didn’t take long before I was feeling the pressure. God clearly had orchestrated my resignation, but His immediate plans were nowhere to be seen.

God began to impress a verse to me that brought clarity and assurance as I watched this personal illustration unfold.

Psalms 55:22
Give your burdens to the Lord,
and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

I felt a lot like the flying artist on the trapeze… twirling and spinning hoping that someone would be there to catch me. In that moment, I remember praying and asking God to help me with my anxiety and worry… and He did.

It took months before his next plan for me became clear, but his hands were there just as He promised.

Where are you today? Do you feel like you are flying in the air uncertain of how it will turn out? God’s Word is true. Let’s cast our anxiety on Him today. He won’t let you fall… You can trust Him.

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