The Catcher (John 14:3)

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Life is a risky enterprise. Sometimes we fly high, enjoying great success. But then suddenly we fall into deep disappointments and the haunting reality of failure, leaving our hearts wondering if there is anything worth looking forward to.

At a funeral recently, the pastor told the story about a trapeze artist. The performer admitted that although he is seen as the start of the show, the real star is the catcher – the teammate who hangs from another trapeze bar to grab him and guarantee a safe landing. The key, he explained, is trust. With outstretched arms, the flyer must trust that the catcher is ready and able to grab him. Dying is like trusting God as the catcher. After we have flown through life, we can look forward to God reaching out to catch His followers and pulls us safely to Himself forever. I like the thought.

This reminds me of Jesus’ comforting words to His disciples: “Let not your heart be troubled …. I go to prepare a place for you. And … I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

Life indeed is a risky business, but be encouraged! If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, the Catcher is waiting at the end to take you safely home. – Joe Stowell

Home from the earthly journey,

Safe for eternity;

All that the Savior promised –

That is what heaven will be. – Anon.

Our heavenly Father’s arms will one day catch His children.

  • March 14, Vol. 20, Our Daily Bread
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