• Ebony L. Robinson


It is the summertime, school is out, and kids want to play. This summer for my family seems like it has been busier than the norm. Regardless of my busyness, the kids want to be kids. They asked to go to the park so off to the park we went. We moved a few months back but they wanted to go to the park in the old neighborhood. This park was designed by Landscape Structures as they partnered with University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. So this park is designed with the child in mind to encourage imagination, teamwork, perseverance, and problem solving. So this is a GREAT park to go to. No problem. We got in the van (read the blog – Clean Heart – from May 26th) and drove about 10 minutes. The kids jumped out, we walked to the spot I would be at, they dropped off their water bottles, and away they went. I watched them go from swinging on the swings, sliding down the slides, swaying on the tire swing, pedaling the log rolls, and so much more. In the middle of this massive playland there is a big “rock”. Kids love this 20-foot, monstrosity! Ok, its not that tall but as a parent with kids it seems like it. I watched my son get on this “rock”. He would cautiously crawl, get a little ways, and turn around. He got some confidence. He would cautiously crawl, go a little farther than before, and turn around. I watched him do this a few times until I noticed he got enough confidence to get to the end and to the edge! So, I tell my oldest daughter to tell him to go back. He would NOT. I go over to this 30-foot, jagged, mountain (LOL) and tell him to go back. He looks at me and gives me the look like he is going over the edge. In that moment I was shocked because of his determination. I handed my daughter my purse (all three girls are standing by me) and brace myself to catch this 7-year-old. The face of hesitation at the beginning of his rock climb journey turned to full trust when he saw me standing below waiting to catch him. He had confidence that I would catch him because I am mom. He wouldn’t jump when his sister was there, he only did it with me. Are you catching what I am throwing? (You like that? LOL).

The Playground

What am I saying? Have confidence like my son with our Heavenly Father. We are on this “rock” of life which can be scary at times. It has some dips, some spots that are shaky… So when we get to the edge – we are at the end of this season – we have to jump. Because we are too fearful to jump we would rather stay on the “rock” without progression. We choose not to move forward because we don’t know what’s next over the edge. But guess what? Our dear Heavenly Father is waiting on you to jump! JUMP! He WILL catch you. JUMP! He has His arms stretched out. JUMP! Don’t keep yourself in a holding pattern, watching life pass you by because you wont trust. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Since we are finite, our understanding of what's next is limited. Therefore it is vital that we lean on the One who is infinite and who is capable to handle our jumps. He wants us to jump to get to what is next.

Our Father is waiting on you, so JUMP!