George Patton said, “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” I’ve always liked that quote. I’ve tried to cultivate a modicum of elasticity in my spiritual and personal life over the last few decades, and in some ways, maybe I’ve succeeded. I am sure you have, too. I can say great things about our bouncing congregation here at Midway Hills, also, but for now, what happens when we fall?
Braver folks than I have bungee jumped and sky-dove. (Skydived? My grammar is confused.) How’s this: braver folks than I have jumped from high places towards hard places with a hope of not hitting it at full speed. They’ve all succeeded in this endeavor. I recognize (and love) the idea of calculated risk, of getting the adrenaline pumping, and confronting fear. Do you know what ties their experiences together? They all had other people with them as they fell.
There’s someone who will secure the lines before you bungee jump (and shove you if you’ve dragged them up to a bridge, get settled, and then develop cold feet). Amateur skydivers are strapped to another person, in a freefalling Baby Bjorn of sorts. There are backups and protocols and community built in.
This week, as we continue on in the Godfollower, we’ll be talking about Mephibosheth, a character who literally fell then rose in the story of David. He was one of the last descendants of Saul, whose family tree was being wiped out in battle; when he fled as a child, his nurse who was carrying him fell on him, irreparably harming his legs, and seemingly putting an end to his purposes in life. But God calls us to elasticity just as surely as God calls us to surprising community and renewed, resurrected life.
Can you tell I don’t want to spoil too much? I think this is a good as place as any to remind folks that even if you haven’t been to church for a while (and feel like you have failed, which you haven’t, trust me), now’s a great time to bounce back and let us lay eyes on you, share the Lord, and get equipped for the days and weeks ahead. I truly mean it when I say I look forward to seeing you Sunday.