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Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Today’s post is part of the Christian Writer’s blog chain. This month, our theme is “leap.” Please visit my friends’ blogs by clicking on the links in the right-hand column.


"Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."

Matthew 4 tells us that after the devil led Jesus into the wilderness, he then took Jesus to the holy city where they perched on the highest point of the temple. 

“If you are the Son of God,” said the devil, “throw yourself down. For it is written: 

“‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”  

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Jesus was fully man and fully God. But better. Super Man and Super God. In fact, as fully God, Jesus could not only have thrown himself down from the tallest building in the holy city, he could have leapt over it.  

As Super Man, Jesus wore some pretty big sandals. John the Baptist knew that, when he said, he wasn’t worthy to even untie Jesus’ sandals.  

We certainly can’t fill Jesus’ shoes. But we can follow in his footsteps and we can walk alongside him.

The problem is: big shoes mean big footsteps. So sometimes we have to jog to keep up. Or run really hard. Sometimes we have to leap from one big footstep to another.  

Other times, Jesus has to stop and wait for us to catch up. 

Jesus is able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. And he’s always ready to take us with him. Ready to hold us up, should we fall. Ready to cradle us when we do. 

I have several sayings that apply to my walk with Jesus. They vary depending on life’s circumstances. But they all remind me of who Jesus is. And who I am in him. 

  • Hand in hand with Jesus.
  • Clutching Jesus’ hand.
  • Holding on to Jesus—for dear life.
  • Dancing with my savior. 

In the final analysis, as much as I hold, clutch, grip or dance—it’s not up to the strength of my grip. Jesus has a hold on me. And he doesn’t let go.

PRAYER: Thank you Jesus for becoming human for our sake. Thank you for your example of living. Thank you for being Super Man and Super God. Help us hold more tightly and remind us that when you leap, we won’t slip. Amen.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you have a cliché that you apply to your walk with Jesus?


Paula said...

Carol, I love the blogs you post! I like when you post on FB about it, because it reminds me to go read it....kind of forgetful these days....But, I just go back and read two or three at one time to catch up...;) Keep writing! luvu

From Carols Quill said...

@ Paula - thanks so much for commenting. You have no idea how encouraging it is to see you here. See you in real life next week, girlfriend!

Adam Collings said...

Nice approach to 'Leap' Carol. I like it. I've always been a big Superman fan so it connects with me.

I like the way you point out that it is Jesus who is holding our hand - so that we can leap with confidence.

Terrie said...

Carol - I love this "In the final analysis, as much as I hold, clutch, grip or dance—it’s not up to the strength of my grip. Jesus has a hold on me. And he doesn’t let go." Amazing and oh so true!!!

P. Creeden said...

Well said, Carol! I think that society's need for a super hero was definitely placed within us so that God can fill it!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Adam and Terrie - yes, it took me a while to understand that Jesus' grip is the one that counts. I think the point is just that it's less painful if I'm holding on as well.

@ Pauline - God is definitely our super hero!

chris said...

If Jesus is Superman... I wanna fly like Superman!!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - LOL! Jesus can carry us.

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