Jumping For Joy

Posted on August 27, 2012 | 2 comments

Last week, my now-middle-school-aged daughter had her first JV volleyball game. She’s not played for very long, so the fact that she logged some significant playing time was encouraging – both for her and her parents. I’ve ridden the bench before and know how deflating that can be.

The moment of the game, for me as father, was her first attempt at serving. We’d practiced the weekend before, and her form is good, but she just lacks the consistent ‘umph’ to get it over the net every time.

So I was on the edge of my seat for this first serve. It was so hard sit still.

Up went the ball.

Up went her hand, over her head.

And the ball went…and went…and MADE IT OVER THE NET!

Her first serve made it over. But…then there was the rally. The other team hit. Then her team hit. Then…the ball fell to the ground on the other team. SCORE! Not only did her serve make it over, they scored.

It was just too much. I could not be contained. I jumped out of my seat. Exclaimed ‘yes’. Fist pumping in the air. Jumping and dancing. (I’ve been invited to be the official cheerleading dad by the varsity team sitting behind me.)

My celebration was spontaneous. And it was not about me.

I was celebrating my daughter. Celebrating her perseverance. All the practice and missed serves. The fear she must have felt in from of her teammates and supporters. It was pure joy to watch.

Fatherhood has taught me a lot about being a child of God. But here was a new lesson, a new feeling.

Does God feel this same way about us? Does he dance for joy when we persevere? Does He exclaim ‘yes’ and raise His fist in celebration when we choose to trust and see the results?

As our Creator, it must be pure joy to God, when we follow the path we were created to rather than the one the world conditions us to follow.

As our Father, God must be proud when we serve out of love rather than self-protection.

As our Counselor, it must make God glad when we choose to trust rather than allowing our circumstances to distance us from Him.

As our Redeemer, He must not be able to contain Himself when we center our identity in Christ, choosing that over the false satisfaction offered by the world.

Can’t wait for the second game.

What has parenthood revealed to you about who God is and how He feels about you?

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  1. After our chance meeting today, I couldn’t wait to visit the website you told me about. I can’t even think of the words except WOW. God sure has a way of working on us. I wasn’t sure if you remembered me, You conducted the service at Andy’s funeral almost 4 years back this October. We havent forgotten your love and support in our most difficult time. I was happy to hear and can’t wait to tell Cyndi about our conversation. I wish you well Scott in all that you do. Steve

    • Hey Steve. I most certainly remembered you, and as you drove away I thought a lot about the time we spent together that week. I hope you and Cyndi keep reading and join me on this journey. Put your emails in the box at the top of the page and get new posts automatically. It was great to see you, and I hope we bump into each other again soon.

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