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Jesus the Other Sun

Guiding me along the lighted path…

One winter evening when I was just a teenager, I headed for the pond below my house to skate. There, under some flood lights, I skated in a brand new way. I’d just mastered skating in a figure-eights pattern. I felt accomplished and graceful, so different from my normal clumsy self. Several minutes passed as I continued practicing my new skills. The pond was at its best, the majority of it shoveled off by some other person. Skating alone there on my “arena,” it seemed like the perfect evening. After awhile, I turned and skated backwards.

I loved the way the smooth ice felt under my silver blades. In some places, when I looked down, I could see the fine trail my skating blade made as I wandered into a light dusting of snow. Gesturing with my hands, I perfected another figure eight and leaned down low on the ice as I slowed down. I looked out toward the road  and finished in a flourish as I looked out over the imaginary Olympic-sized crowd, reveling in their applause.

ice skating performance

I wonder how God feels when we give him foot-stomping, wild applause? I imagine how He is bathed in His own light. He has accomplished feats far more splendid than simply gliding on the ice. He walked on the water! He stilled the seas! He healed the people!

He speaks to each one of us every day of our lives. Yes. we have only to listen to His voice.

He is both great and small . . . magnificent, and yet, personal.

Back then, I admired Dorothy Hamill for her smooth moves on the ice as she skated in rhythm to beautiful songs. But God has moved in  more ways and directions and has, Himself, been the subject of many more songs than any Olympic skater can even think of skating to.

Looking back on that experience, I’ve learned something I didn’t know back then.

 My God is not only a champion, He is also my skating partner.

When I jump, He must be there to catch me in mid-spin and to throw me out again to watch me land on my toes, to twirl around and do that figure-eight thing I so love to do. I must be able to run into his arms and to dance with Him on the ice-our hands catching, meeting, letting go, and coming together once again. I know how to skate backwards and I know that I have to lean into my partner. He will give me that final push I need to finish my recital with flourish.

Jesus, my skating partner in  life
Jesus, my skating partner in life

I listen again to the imaginary applause. It’s now deafening. But it’s no longer for me. It’s for a champion, and my perfect skating partner. It’s for my Savior. He’s the one that catches me when I fall.

Yet He’s so much more.

The applause turns to awe-inspired silence. The thought comes to me: Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

I feel goosebumps on my arm. The image of me skating with the Creator of the Universe and yet someone with whom I can interact with on such a personal level is mind-boggling and at the same time, comforting.

And therein lies the uniqueness of Jesus Christ: He meets everybody on a level in which he or she can relate to. Even an ice skater who can’t see to skate anymore.

But one who knows that her partner hasn’t stopped skating with her in everyday life.

He still catches me all the time. He still throws me out and lets me do my thing. Lots of times I fall because I don’t let Him lead, or my timing will be off from His. Our music changes frequently as we work on a new set of moves and I try to master that routine. He’s so patient with me as I struggle through unfamiliar turns and spins, trying to please Him and skate well.

Through all the routines we’ve done together now, I’ve learned one thing. Even when the lighting overlooking the pond looks so dim that I’m not sure I see Him holding out his hands in my direction, I reach out and He’s there at the right moment so that we can finish the song.

I think that comes from becoming more familiar with His ways and learning to trust my partner.

In many ways, the skating routine is getting more difficult. He expects a lot more of me as I deal with my environment in ways I hadn’t before. But He reminds me that I know the basic moves and to fall back on them, and Him, while I add the more complicated steps, just like I did with the figure eights and skating backwards so many years ago. He reminds me how I did that so well.

Together, we move through this arena called my life.

ice skates
Ice skating is so beautiful–one pasttime I’ve always loved. I’m excited that God has used it to show me another perspective of His wonderful qualities and my relationship with Him. As I leave the computer, I thank Him for speaking to me in a way I can understand. Maybe a parable.

And just before I fall asleep another image came to mind . . .

Why, I’m even like one of the many roses in a beautiful bouquet thrown to Him after a superb performance; I know He will gather me in His arms and lift me up, perfumed, to His father in heaven.

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Amy Bovaird is the author of two best-selling books Mobility Matters and Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility.  An accomplished and inspirational speaker, she talks on a variety of topics based on her life experiences and continues to educate and inspire others through her writing and speaking. She lives with a dual disability—progressive vision and hearing loss due to Usher Syndrome. She blogs about the challenges she faces as she loses more vision and hearing and manages to find humor around almost every corner, AmyBovaird.com. Her books are available at Amazon. Follow her on social media at Amy Bovaird, Author.
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28 thoughts on “Jesus, My Perfect Skating Partner

  • December 28, 2014 at 9:54 pm
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    Thank you, Laurel.
    Going to check out your post, “Today’s Gratitude List.”
    Stop back and read more of my blog!
    Amy

  • December 28, 2014 at 10:28 pm
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    For a minute, I was skating on the ice, thanks to the power of your writing. Skating (both roller and ice) were skills I was never able to master. It is a beautiful thing to be able to turn the act of skating into a tremendous spiritual experience.
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  • December 29, 2014 at 1:50 am
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    😀 Thank you, Alana!
    Roller skating IS a little more difficult, though it shouldn’t be as there are wheels instead of a thin blade. It’s really God who turned it into a spiritual experience. I just wrote it down. 🙂
    Amy

  • December 29, 2014 at 10:41 am
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    I’d love to feel the grace of skating over the ice. I understand completely the faith you have in the Creator to catch you if you fall. Your simplicity touches me.
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  • December 29, 2014 at 3:50 pm
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    I wish I could ice skate. I’ve tried and I’m terrible. The problem is, I’m terrified of falling. I do admire people who can do it well, though!
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  • December 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm
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    Francene,
    It is a graceful sport, isn’t it? I love to watch the winter Olympics and see the figure skating portion of it. BTW, When you grow up with skating, it’s easier to take the falls, I think! ‘Cause there are so many of them!! So, The other side of grace is grace to take the bruises well! Thank you for your thoughtful response to my analogy. Sometimes it’s clear and simple, other times, everything feels so complicated!

    Have a great day, Francene!
    Amy

  • December 29, 2014 at 4:59 pm
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    Hi Sophie,
    I hear you! It is scary to fall! It seems to be a sport people either participate in or watch with interest. I think it’s the beauty that draws people. I love to watch the Hallmark movies with the love interests skating on an outdoor ice rink in Central Park (or is that a very large pond?). Sometimes the man falls quite a bit and it’s the woman with the talent! Ha ha! Regardless of who it is, usually one in the couple has no idea how to skate and they use the scene to build a romantic moment! Thank you for checking out my blog post today! Come back!
    Amy

  • December 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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    Amy,

    I love how God still speaks to us in parables. In a context that each of us can understand. I had a dear Christian friend call me very hurt and angry one time. A fellow Christian had questioned why she announced a calling that she refused to use. I loved my friend like a sister. I knew the sharp tongue of the one whom had hurt her, but the speaker had spoken the truth. Now the dilemma was mine. I couldn’t lie. So, I used a parable. She called me back an hour or so later to tell me she figured out what the parable meant. She wasn’t hurt by my words, even though the message was identical to what had hurt her initially. We can speak so much truth without being forceful or accusatory when we speak this way.

    Yet another beautiful post!

    Carrie
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  • December 29, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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    Hi Carrie,
    Thanks for being persistent and letting me know about the problem. I never had problems receiving comments before I changed the layout of my blog. Grrr!
    Like your said, it’s all in the way communication is conveyed. I remember reading when the disciples asked Jesus why he spoke in parables and he said, “So people can understand.” In the situation of your friend, your thoughtful response carried the truth but not the accusation or barb.
    …Thanks also for the compliment on my post!
    Amy

  • December 29, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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    So glad you liked it Kristen!
    Thanks for stopping by to read and visit again!
    Amy

  • December 29, 2014 at 8:42 pm
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    Hi Mary,
    Yes, God can speak to us through anything–of course, the Bible, an experience, a song, our circumstances, mistakes and success–as clearly as He can use a person to speak. The only difference is that God speaks through our thoughts. 🙂 The problem is that I’m not always listening, or I don’t take time to hear!
    Amy

  • December 29, 2014 at 11:29 pm
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    I love your writing, Amy. You always write quite thoughtful and eloquent posts that make me cry. So beautiful and heartfelt. I miss ice-skating. Now skiing… that’s another story. All the best for 2015.

  • December 30, 2014 at 3:21 am
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    Thank you, Dorit!
    Ice skating leaves memories because it’s just such a beautiful sport, isn’t it?
    But skiiing . . . I can see how THAT would be another story!!!
    So encouraged by your comment!
    Amy

  • December 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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    I’ve missed reading your wonderful posts Amy on this Website: Blogging For God. And this POST was no exception.
    We so often want to do our own thing in life–skate through life solo and then, when we misstep or ‘misskate’ and fall, we sit in the middle of the ice disappointed and maybe a bit embarrassed. And there in time, God reaches His hand toward us in our failure with a still small voice, “In order for Me to lift you up, you need to reach out your hand.” (“I reach out and there’s His hand”.).
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  • December 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm
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    Mel,
    What kind words! They make me more determined to be consistent in writing out the lessons God teaches me through my experiences.
    You got the heart of my message – how God picks us up when we fall!
    Thanks so much for taking time to read my post and share what spoke to you!
    Blessings!
    Amy

  • December 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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    So lovely – I never did ice skate, but I did a bit of ballet and it felt like meditation and brought a peace – as an intuitive, I am blessed with hearing God and being pushed the way I need to go – Beautifully written, Amy –

    You had asked what tips I might have for growing your readership and it looks like you’re doing great at it – I do have a few ideas – let’s chat soon. Big hugs and Happy New Year!
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  • December 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm
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    Hi Donna,
    Thanks so much! You’re right. Ballet is another exacting and as you said, it would be a calming (peace-filled) endeavor. I can see how it would allow one to meditate while doing it! I look forward to our chat!
    Amy

  • December 31, 2014 at 12:55 am
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    Hi Amy,

    “By the breath of God ice is given, And the broad waters are frozen” (Job 37:10). I would love to ice skate on that rink! Your bouquet imagery at the end was lovely!

  • December 31, 2014 at 3:34 am
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    Thank you for your beautiful parable!

  • December 31, 2014 at 5:29 am
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    Matt,
    That scripture is so appropriate! Thank you for sharing it.
    Thanks also for coming to my blog regularly to read my posts!
    Amy

  • December 31, 2014 at 6:06 am
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    You are welcome, Kathleen.
    It’s funny. That memory came from an experience that took place a long time ago. Yet God used it to communicate a brand new message to me years later. Amazing! Everything is new in its own time…
    So glad you stopped by to read my blog! Come again!
    Amy

  • December 31, 2014 at 9:03 pm
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    Beautiful word pictures! as I read, I recalled watching the beautiful movements that always accompanies the Olympic pairs figure skating competitions. I imagined, right along with you, that perhaps it might be me guided by the skilled hands of our Savior! Thanks for the imagery!
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  • January 1, 2015 at 5:27 am
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    Thank you, Karen!
    I was reminded once again in my private time with the Word last night that it is the Holy Spirit that gives us the supernatural understanding of a situation in order to grow, share it with others and give Him glory. So glad you could see yourself in the ice skating!
    Amy

  • June 10, 2016 at 5:34 pm
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    So beautiful!! I’m an aspiring figure skater and I’ve had moments where I wondered if it’s God’s will for me to pursue it. I’m hanging on in faith that God put this dream in me two years ago. One time I was alone in my room, I was listening to a Christian song and I danced to it as if it were my music to an ice program. It felt so right, and there was joy in my heart that I got to worship God that moment. In that moment, I could feel in my heart that that was it, worship God in skating! So here I am, trying to hone my ability on ice and hoping for a time where I, a broken guy, can perform to God a beautiful ice program and let others know about His grace, and fulfil his command to let our light shine, so God will be glorified.

  • June 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm
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    Dear Jan,
    What a perfect response to my piece!
    I hope you DO pursue it! Thank you for making my day!
    Amy

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