The following excerpt from And a Child Shall Lead Us: 5 Powerful Playground Metaphors for Coaches! written by Ben Dooley was submitted by Pastor Katie.
You can’t do it alone too well — you need someone to help you. Sure you can do it yourself, sort of. You can push it around and around, faster and faster, but as soon as you jump on, all your extra weight slows it down. And it will keep on slowing down. You can try to push yourself with one foot, but you really can’t get good traction to really get good speed. The trick is that someone needs to stay off it and push other people. The pusher gets to give others the thrill of spinning at dizzying speeds.
When you’re on the merry-go-round, it’s exciting to spin in circles, watching the same thing pass by you again and again and again, and each time feeling like you might get flung off, so you hold on tighter.
Then when you stand up, you lose your balance and you fall off.
The secret is: The lower you get, the more focused and grounded you are, and the easier it is to stay on. And if you lie down in the middle, centered, you’ll feel less pull to the side.
However, if there’s two of you on the ride, then the real fun can happen. You can hold each other’s hands and spin forever and not fall off. You can lean back and feel the pull and momentum and know that you’re safe, no matter how fast you go.
And the extra trick is: If you get dizzy, just focus on the person opposite you and you’ll regain your balance and recover.
Isn’t this like our faith? We were not made to do faith alone. God calls us to relationship. Faith is exciting and dizzying at times. But we can loose our balance without others. We can lose our center if our focus isn’t on God.
Faith in community can change the world as we see it.
~ Katie Klein