As I pondered "J" the first thing that came to mind was Jesus, but I knew it was more than that. Don't think I am demeaning Christ, because I am not. My thoughts are to expand Him.
My second pondering produced "Juggling". I know most days that is what I feel like I do. I juggle. Our daily schedule is somewhat delicate and if it is not maneuvered and juggled into just the right place, nothing seems to go right.
From the time we wake up, to when we begin morning Bible study and academics... to when we break for lunch and begin afternoon activities. If dinner time, family time, and bedtime routines don't fall into place... the very next morning will be all thrown off.
But this is where the image of Jesus is expanded. Because whether we keep all our balls in the air in a perfect cadence or drop one, or two (or all) of them.... having the force of Jesus at the center of all those balls is key.
On task, Jesus glides us through, swiftly catching and tossing the next ball. He guides our hands, steadies our balance, and directs the balls as they fly through the air to land where they ought to be.
Those days when our juggling skills are wobbly and we find ourselves placing our hands in all the wrong places, tossing the balls too hard or too soft, and watching as one ball after another bounces to the floor... Jesus is there. He is at the center still and he brings us peace, he guides us through our frungeries, and he delivers us on the other side wiser and better for the next days juggling.
It may take time to learn how to juggle. We may suddenly have extra balls thrown in to toss and move through the air, but learning to juggle is essential and having Jesus at the center of it all is critical to our success.
May you have swift juggling hands this week!