There is one thing that I know for a fact; if you go camping with five kids and the heat index is over 90 or 100 degrees, there’s nothing better than swimming.
Over the last month, we’ve been utilizing the public pool in our little town. It’s clean, we’ve met some wonderful people, and the managers- Judy and Stephanie are becoming treasured friends. The pool has a slide, a baby pool, and our family’s favorite feature- the diving board.
I love watching my kids and husband approach that springy piece of fiberglass. Their eyes stare off while waiting for their turn. I imagine their heads swirling with visions about their nearing feat. As they step up the ladder, their heads lift and I spot their eyes searching for me to watch their latest trick. Sometimes, they begin with a nod in my direction and then the long awaited moment arrives.
The rough board’s surface grips the pads of their feet and springs them up and down in readiness. Blue water churns below them, swirling, lifting, and falling. Any hesitation that may pop into their heads comes with a memory flash of water slapping their stomachs or backs. A deep breath fills their lungs.
During the very next seconds, they leap, fly, and hover into the air. Whether the trick is a dive, a twist, or the splashiest of cannon-balls, their act of faith is often landed with satisfaction. From across the pool, I often see their roaming eyes looking for mine rather than onlookers applause. A thumbs up, a big air clap, and my awaiting smile provide just enough encouragement to spur them up the diving board again.
As a mom, the greatest joy came this particular week, when I watched my daughter guiding a friend with her own back dive. N. Grace stood next to the girl with arms supporting her back and bent Lizzy over the water. Our daughter then raised her own arms upward, modeling their angle, and the proper position of the head. Lizzy then squatted on the edge of the pool, ready to ease herself into a back dive from a much lower position.
Learning new things can be scary for us adults too sometimes. Do you remember that friend, family member, or a key example that made all the difference in guiding you on a leap into the unknown? I do too. We all take leaps of faith and learn one step at a time. If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend a lot of time asking God for help, you’ll learn from good examples around you, you’ll dive in, and then you’ll work at giving it all you’ve got…
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Col. 3:23