When I was a little girl we spent a lot of time at my grandfather’s house. Daddy, Pappy, and sometimes my uncles would play music together. Once it got dark outside, there wasn’t much for a little girl to do there.
There did, however, just so happen to be a cement floor in the kitchen and a pair of old roller skates that were just my size.
Every time we were there I’d lace up those old skates and zoom from one end of the kitchen to the other for what seemed like hours. Eventually, I kinda got the hang of it.
Sometimes Daddy would take me to the real roller skating rink. We held hands. Every time I lost my balance he’d pull up on my hand and keep me from falling. I loved roller skating.
Last night I had the pleasure of being the puller. The girls and I went roller skating. Mia did pretty well all by herself. Addie and Maylee spent a lot of time on the floor, though. They needed a puller.
I did my best to hold their little hands, balance all three of us, and keep them from falling. They did fall often, but they didn’t feel often. The brunt of their falls were absorbed by my strength. By the time they hit the floor, the impact was as gentle as a tender tap.
I couldn’t help but think of my heavenly Daddy, too. When it gets dark, I always begin to hear his rhythm and melodies streaming from the next room as I practice the best techniques on staying upright. When we get to the real test, he’s always right next to me, holding my little hand. Being the untrained, unskilled, and immature little girl that I am, I tend to fall a lot, but the pain is absorbed by his strength which pulls me from every punishment and ever keeps me from falling flat on my face.
As much as I loved them, it wasn’t my roller skates that gave me confidence and joy when I was small and afraid. It was Daddy’s hands. Remembering that can make me a puller instead of a faller when the circles of life get dark.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. ~Jude 1:24-25