At one point though she saw the monkey bars. She said with a sad voice that the kids at school could do the monkey bars but she couldnt.
So Poppa said "Well, I will teach you." He attempted to show her while she hung there.
We moved on to the climbing wall, where she was also fearful. She would do it but only this high.
We ran, and played and had so much fun.
She decided we should play JAIL. Poppa was the prisoner and she and I were the jail keepers. Believe me, if she grows up to be a warden, you DO NOT want to be a prisoner. I am not even kidding.
After a while Mark and Paige showed up and brought Bella with them. Avery was really happy about that.
She mentioned the whole monkey bar thing to Mark and he, like Todd, said he would teach her. This time she got a little braver and braver.
She made it all the way through! SUCCESS!!!!
I was so proud. She was proud too. She mentioned something before we left; she may need to help some little kid learn how to do the monkey bars since she knew how to do them now. :)
As I was thinking about this later, I realized this monkey bar thing has many comparisons to our lives as adult Christians. We sometimes just dont think we can do something. Maybe its something that God has shown us to do or we feel that we need to do. However, its way way outside of our comfort zone. Its like God is right there with us. He's right there. His arms are outstretched ready to catch us if we fall. He is guiding us, coaching us, compelling us forward. Right there, never leaving us alone in it. But we are afraid. Afraid of what might happen.
- WHAT IF I FALL
- WHAT IF I FAIL
- WHAT IF I GET HURT
- WHAT IF YOU DON'T CATCH ME
Once we do it we find that we dont fall. Or even if we do fall, we land on our feet, and start again.
As a matter of fact, after we move on to a new place, turns out we may get the chance to help somebody else who is attempting to move forward too.