This is a picture of a game called Tip It.
The box states it is appropriate for ages 5 and up.
The object of the game is to one by one remove multicolored discs from their
“resting” place without tipping the whole apparatus over.
To accomplish this feat, a small plastic spatula is used for disc removal.
During a play time a couple of years ago, a friend of Caleb’s after one attempt glumly announced,
“I don’t think I want to play this game. I quit!”
We didn’t blame him,
It was hard.
Any false move or breath could cause the game to topple.
I pictured this game during the past week.
As I ran across fellow travelers who were grappling to keep
the colorful layers of their own lives from tumbling to the ground.
Daily life may resemble the delicate balance of Tip It.
When life begins to teeter, some abandon the game.
Others may feel like the rules of life have somehow
changed without fair warning.
Today if you are tired of juggling
and tripping over dropped balls.
If your muscles ache from hoisting
years worth of weight on your sloping shoulders.
It’s time to quit the heavy lifting.
No matter how flattened by life you may feel,
allow His power to lift you like a spatula.
Hear Jesus whisper,
Step into the boat.
The waves may stir.
The wind might blow.
Jesus may seem far removed
He has declared the destination.
The other side.
He will calm your storms and concerns
with the sound of His voice in due time.
Don’t be afraid to release the burdens of
your days to Him.
Breathe in His peace.
Extend fingers grasping for control
and intertwine them with the Savior.
Leave the crowds behind and get away
He knows what each day will contain.
He sees every ball we attempt
to keep airborne.
He will be the One who will pick up each
This is the time when you want someone
to pick up the balls and go home.
Follow Jesus to safe shelter
and give up the occupational hazard
With hands held tightly and eyes on Him,
it is impossible to juggle.
It is His delight to unburden you from the
weight of your days.
You don’t want to miss Him
speak into this game of life.