“For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God that He has chosen you.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4 CSB
I went to my first gymnastics meet yesterday, it was for 6 and 7 year olds. I had no idea what to expect, my knowledge of gymnastics is limited to watching occasionally on T.V. I have no gymnastic ability whatsoever, the thought of falling backwards to do a back handspring petrifies me. Yet I watched these brave young girls dance, twirl and flip like there was no tomorrow. It was truly amazing. They had no fear, they were being watched by hundreds of spectators as they performed their routines. Their concentration and focus on the task in front of them was inspirational, truly. These young girls had worked hard to be here. They had qualified and were chosen to represent their team. This wasn’t just any meet, this was States. They were competing against the best in the state.
What I learned yesterday is that each girl on these teams had to be invited to be a member of the team. That is how it all starts for them, with the invitation. God has done the same thing for us. He has invited us to be a part of His winning team, through Jesus. We have to accept the invitation before we start the training. Once we do that, our lives will never be the same again. But we don’t have to worry, we have the best coach in the world leading our team. He’s got our back, literally.
Yesterday, during one of the floor routines, the young gymnast hesitated, looking over her shoulder for her coach. The coach immediately ran out onto the mat to spot her for her tumbling run. Coach’s are allowed to do that for their young athletes. They understand they are new to the sport and need a little more help than the advanced gymnasts. God does the same thing for us if we need it. Just as we’re starting our run, gaining speed, getting ready for that first tumble, He’s there spotting us. He’s got His hand at the small of our back as we leap into the air, tuck our bodies and tumble. When our feet touch the ground He helps lift us up for the next flip. Before you know it, we’ve reached the opposite corner and are saluting the judges. Cause people are watching how you handle the ups and downs of life. They’re watching to see if you falter in your walk with the Lord. And you will, but even your missteps will be right steps with the Lord. You can be “shore” of that. He uses all things to the good for those who trust and believe in Him (Romans 8:28 NIV).
Start your run, you’ve been chosen. The mat is all yours, God is spotting you, go for the gold. Let the tumbling begin.