The Truth About the Teeter-Totter

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior… –2 Samuel 22:2

One of the classic playground equipment pieces is the teeter-totter. Up and down, a child rides with a partner. Each of them pushes up into the sky. You could try to sit on it alone, but that would get you nowhere. So a child grabs a friend to ride with them, sometimes soaring high and other times hanging low.

There is one steady spot on the teeter-totter: the fulcrum. This pivot point does not move but remains stationary. This is just like life. Like the teeter-totter, there are high points and low points. Sometimes you soar high in the sky, laughing and enjoying everything around you. Other times there are lows, when the ride is less fun.

But in all of life there is one thing that remains the same through the highs and the lows: the love of Jesus is our fulcrum, our balance. Whatever is happening in your life, there is a loving God who wants you to know that He is your rock. And take note in this: as you get closer to the fulcrum, the high’s become a little less high and the lows a little less low. When we live our lives with Jesus as our center point — we balance — experiencing the realization that God knows us, loves us, and has a plan for us.

Even with Jesus as our fulcrum, we will still have both great days and bad days. But there is a perspective change. How you view the world changes as you come closer and closer to knowing the saving love of Jesus, who is your rock, fortress and deliverer.

1. Think back to a time in your life where you felt things couldn’t get worse. How did God reveal Himself as your rock?

2. What are ways that you can change your perspective so that you can rely on Jesus, the rock, in the good and bad times?

Psalm 18:1-4; Matthew 7:20-24; 1 Corinthians 10:4

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Kelly McFadden

Kelly McFadden is a wife and mother and is part of the HomeWord daily devotional writing team. Kelly graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000 with a degree in journalism. Following a season of playing professional volleyball and training with the US National team, Kelly returned to school and received her Masters in Christian Education from Azusa Pacific University.

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