Today, I was playing on the trampoline with 4 of my nieces, ages 6, 4, and 2. The 2-year-olds are twins.  I was laying on my back on the trampoline while the kids were jumping.  Rachel, the 4-year-old came and laid on top of me, with her head on my head.  I wrapped my arms around her to brace her, while everyone was still jumping around.  Then Julia, the 6-year-old, jumped on top of us, yelling, “Dog Pile!”. Now, I saw this coming and in an effort to shield Rachel from the weight of a 6-year-old, I lifted my arms up off her back to take Julia’s weight off of Rachel so she could continue the natural process of breathing with her lungs. Julia, wanting everyone to have as much fun as her, called for Sarah.  Sarah, ran over and fell onto Julia (and my arms, and Rachel, and me).  Rachel, because she was not feeling the weight of 2 people on top of her, called for Naomi to join us.  This is the part of the story where I realized we were headed for trouble.  Naomi, was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back because my arms could no longer hold the weight of 3 people off of Rachel. As Naomi landed, Sarah and Julia, fell onto Rachel and it was about that time, I started yelling, “Get off! I can’t breathe!” and Rachel, followed suit with her own lines of distress which I don’t remember because I was fighting for my life and pushing bodies off of me.

And I thought of something through this little experience, that may or may not apply to you. Because God is shielding us, supporting us, protecting us, we can add responsibilities to our plate.  We can pile on more weight because we are resting on Him-He is really the One taking on more weight.  You can lean on Jesus.  You can trust yourself to Him.  His strength will support you and all your responsibilities.  He will protect you from being crushed. (If you are already doing too much, already suffocating because you are doing more than you should be, this post is not for you-remember Moses?  Remember how he was doing everything himself?  Yeah, this is not a post about delegating).

There is a volunteer opportunity that I have had the application to for a year now.  Why haven’t I filled it out, knowing full well that they need the help?  I am not sure I can do it. I am not sure I have the strength. Granted, it is good to take inventory of your current circumstances/health before just jumping into things. We don’t just run thoughtlessly, dabbling in everything and then flake out because we didn’t know exactly what we were getting into.  But I hardly believe anyone would accuse me of running around thoughtlessly, doing whatever I feel like at the moment.  This application is sitting in my email inbox.  I haven’t deleted it or sent them a message that I am not interested anymore.  It just sits there.  They aren’t sending me emails asking me if I am still interested.  No one is pestering me.  But there is that still small voice…”Rhonda, you can do this.   I am the strength you need to do this.”   And yet I hesitate to dog pile more responsibilities onto me and God.  I hesitate…but you know what?  I think it’s time.  Time to add some weight onto Jesus.  Time to dog pile.  🙂