I remember it well…. running as fast as you could to the playground when it was recess time to claim your spot on the metal giant that sat waiting for all the kids to climb on. There were three positions you’d want to claim; runner, sitter or center.
The runner would push and run at the same time. Making the metal circle go as fast as they possible could. I’d always hope there were a few boys that wanted to play because they would get it going so fast you’d have to hang on for dear life. They’d make it spin so fast that sometimes you felt sick after recess.
The sitter would strategically place themselves in-between the metal bars with your legs folded in and feet tucked under your legs for stability. I was always ready to enjoy the ride making sure I’d keep my eyes closed. Since I’d sit closer to the outside of the wheel there could be a tendency to get loose and fall off. For sure I’d keep my eyes closed because the spinning was so fast I’d get dizzy if I took even a little peek.
The center was the prime position, the closest to the center of gravity. It was amazing because I could stand straight up with my hands in the air and even open my eyes and not fall. This by far was the place I wanted to be, but with only one spot open it was the hardest to get if you weren’t the fastest out of the classroom.
I don’t know about you but my life at times feels like a merry go round. It spins so fast with the many responsibilities that are on my plate. For each of us they are different; being a mom of young children, health issues, rebellious teenagers, financial pressures, taking care of elderly parents.
Some days I am the runner – pushing and running as fast as I can. These days are exhausting and overwhelming. I find little satisfaction and I question why I’m doing what I’m doing. I can barely hang on and feel like a might fall off.
On other days, I’m the sitter – quietly sitting enjoying the ride of life. Being content at the quietness around me and seeing the joys of life. I can still feel the fast pace around me but I’m secure enough to let it pass me by.
The best days I have are in the center - focused with my attention on the one that gives me it all – God. My attention is centered and attuned to God. He is the one closest to the center of my gravity. He is the one that allows me to be in the world but not of it.
Romans 12:2 (ESV) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
The world can be spinning but if I can decide to ask God to be the center of my day it will be fine. I will be able to stand firm in the middle of the spinning merry go round of life. I will be able to have focus and direction. Raising my arms to the one on High, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Praising Him for all he does and will do in my life.
Take heart and know that we each can make that decision daily to jump in the very center of the spinning mess of life and be with God. He will be our center of gravity, our Prince of Peace, our primary focus that will allow us to stay centered and focused and not spinning out of control in the Merry Go Round of Life.