Are you ready for some rambling? Today I have a million thoughts and ideas running through my head at the same time. I’m hopeful we can make some sense of it, together. After all, A flyer must fly and a catcher must catch.
It is amazing to me the number concepts, posts, projects, even random thoughts, theological issues, and moral questions that circle in my brain during any given period of time. Such were the happenings during my recent second viewing of The Greatest Showman, the most amazing movie I have seen in many years.
Let me just take a little step back here. Friday night I went to one of the local churches for Jennie Allen’s If: Gathering. For the past 5 years, she and a bunch of Godly women join together in Austin, TX for a fabulously encouraging conference that is simulcast throughout the world! What a concept, right?
Anyway, one of the speakers shared a story by Henri Nouwen about trapeze artists. I was so intrigued by it that I looked it up…
“One day, I was sitting with Rodleigh, the leader of the troupe, in his caravan, talking about flying.
He said, ‘As a flyer, I must have complete trust in my catcher. The public might think that I am the great star of the trapeze, but the real star is Joe, my catcher. He has to be there for me with split-second precision and grab me out of the air as I come to him in the long jump.’
‘How does it work?’ I asked.
‘The secret,’ Rodleigh said, ‘is that the flyer does nothing and the catcher does everything. When I fly to Joe, I have simply to stretch out my arms and hands and wait for him to catch me and pull me safely over the apron behind the catchbar.’
‘You do nothing!’ I said, surprised.
‘Nothing,’ Rodleigh repeated. ‘The worst thing the flyer can do is to try to catch the catcher. I am not supposed to catch Joe. It’s Joe’s task to catch me. If I grabbed Joe’s wrists, I might break them, or he might break mine, and that would be the end for both of us. A flyer must fly, and a catcher must catch, and the flyer must trust, with outstretched arms, that his catcher will be there for him.
Seriously? Just… wow! That got my synapses moving.
On Saturday, Big Jon and I decided to see The Greatest Showman again. Not only because we loved it, but because I have chosen this movie for my Movie Monday Challenge later this month. I wanted to review the movie to gather ideas for the project I would do for that upcoming post.
I had a purpose. A focus. A reason for seeing the movie.
Funny, how sometimes you go into an experience with a purpose and an expectation and God throws you for a loop. Am I right?
As I watched the Circus that P.T. Barnum had created, I was struck not only by the music, the dancing, the incredible visual experience, but also by Henri Nouwen’s story. “A flyer must fly, and a catcher must catch!”
We all have a job to do, and we MUST do it. Whatever it might be. Mr. Barnum’s imagination was an incredible gift that he was compelled to share. He had a million dreams and ideas and he worked to make them come true.
A flyer must fly.
We must do what we were created to do for whatever season we are in. For this season, I have been called to write. To share my thoughts, experiences, dreams, and life with you. I don’t know why and I don ‘t know for how long, but I do know –
A flyer must fly.
A writer must write.
The thing is, sometimes I get caught up in trying to do the catching too. I want to reach for something and grab hold too soon. I want to struggle to grip tighter onto something that I may not be ready for.
Instead, I need to trust that my catcher will be there “with outstretched arms” waiting for me. That His hands are wide open and prepared to catch me at just the right time.
Rest in that thought for a moment.
Jesus is the Greatest Catcher of all!
I am going to keep flying, keep striving, keep working, keep writing, keep going, keep reaching.
But with an open hand. A hand that instead of scraping, grabbing, struggling, seeking, or groping is open. Open for Him to catch and lead and guide.
Whew. Doesn’t that sound like a better way?
Need some more inspiration? Watch Keala Seetle learn to fly!