October 17, 2014

The slide

The slide of my youth is all shiny and new
waxed for so much fun
down straight and curvy slopes

begun high
where fear sometimes sits  ... where dreams and ambitions may be born

because we are alone
and those around us are unaware

We climb the steps -- sometimes our mom or dad or grandparent watches

They sometimes see our fear and think of their own fears
They sometimes see our pride and  think how brave and strong their child

as we step out and up
onward we go
in this journey called Life
They let us go

One time I fell off the slide.
A short detour, but a long way down
hurling through space.
a broken arm
the result of my thud
when I hit the ground

My arm in a cast
and later a sling
Careful I was
in returning to this place
of doubt and fear ...  of high hopes and expectations

I had to face the doubts ... the anxiety
the fears that loomed high in front of me
and plagued me with questions
too immense for a child.

Preparation for a future time
The future just around the corner
One step in front of another
Take the steps
Don't let fear of the unknown overcome you
Don't let pride and greed become your downfall

The slide of today
seems more frightening
The unknowns are far greater
and the thud at the bottom
harder, more painful
and we remember
the questions of yesterday
and wonder.

Between the years of then and now,
we found God.
He knew where we were,
where we are now
All the time

Not until I let go
of all my perceived notions
reached up
looked up
Did I find the answer.
(c) October 16-17, 2014

"I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
~ Psalm 34:4 NKJV

"Take head and beware of covetousness (greed), for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." ~ Luke 12:15

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God in all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." ~ 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

1 comment:

  1. I loved your thoughts about your experiences with the slide. It brought to my mind learning to ride a bicycle. You start off with training wheel, but soon they have to come off, and you start to ride on your own.

    Sure there are many spills and skinned knees, yet you persevere and often with an adult running beside you, you learn to ride on your own and "graduate" to a larger bike.

    When we become a child of the Loving AND Living God, life may give us the same learning experiences, with many spills. Yet God is always right there beside us, to hold us up.