My daughter-in-law posted this picture of my 4-year old grandson jumping into the pool during first ever swim lessons. I love it just for what it is. It also holds a memory.
I was 12 when I learned to swim. My aunt, with whom I spent time each summer, was determined I would also learn to dive. I recall standing on the edge of a pool in 90 degree temps, longing to be in the water. The only way in was to dive and I knew we weren’t leaving until I did.
She was a tough task master, my aunt … still is. In spite of knowing every visit with her would mean doing something new and often beyond my comfort zone, I could hardly wait to get there. She never stopped pushing me to grow and try new things. I am forever grateful.
Of course, the dive happened. It wasn’t beautiful, but it qualified. Afterwards I was excited to find that 1) I was alive and 2) I actually enjoyed it. I spent the next hour making dive after dive.
Over the course of life I’ve approached far too many situations like the girl on the edge of the pool…afraid to jump even knowing I had the skills to swim afterward. I’ve waited on the edge until someone or something forced me in. Or I reasoned myself out of it altogether…it’s not the right time, I’m too young, I’m too old, what will (insert name) think if I did that, I’m too broke, etc.
Several months ago I read a series published by Rick Warren on “your decade of destiny”. It sparked more than the usual amount of self-reflection to think of 2011 beginning a new ten year block of time.
Did I want 2021 to roll around and find me still perched on the edge of the pool wondering where time went? Short answer…. “NO”.
Halfway thru my first year of the “decade of destiny” …kind of feels like there should be a drum roll here… I feel good about progress made …. and looking forward to what’s ahead.
Looking closer at the picture of my grandson’s jump, I see something else………
………….outstretched arms just beneath the surface…………….
Looking from a faith perspective, which is the only way I can… I hear God say, “Come on! You know you can do this….I Am Here….. JUMP!”
What are you longing to do? Who do you want to become?