She made it to the top, but would you believe me if I told you that she almost missed it?
This girl, she has an adventurous spirit in some ways. A roller coaster with twists and turns? She's game. Jumping off the high dive? No sweat.
Climb to the top of a rocky cliff? She almost passed. There were no rules posted about where not to climb. There were no fences to create a safe boundary. There was no safety net to catch her, no pool to break her fall, no harness to keep her strapped in.
The only safety net she had were the words of her parents telling her that she was safe. For some reason, that was not enough to assuage her in the beginning. But her little sister started playfully poking fun and her daddy told her she was going to miss out on something spectacular. This was enough to activate that competitive spirit and so she steeled herself against the unknown and walked forward on the path carved for her. There were rocks to climb, some which gave way underneath her feet. There were places where she wasn't sure which foothold would be best to guarantee her balance. Once she did lose her balance, her misstep causing a bit of dust to cover her palms.
But despite the fear,
despite the lack of man-made boundaries,
despite the intangibility of her safety net,
she made it to the very top.
And because of her faith, because she listened to the words of her parents, because she didn't want to miss out on the reward, she got to see this:
And I ask myself the same question that I ask my daughter: Do you want to miss out?
What about you?
Sharing with Jennifer at God Bumps today.