I was watching the Olympics last evening and caught, like many American’s, this little clip from NBC highlighting the parents of Team USA gymnast, Aly Raisman during her uneven bars routine:
If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch and enjoy:
Their reaction got me thinking last night and today on a few different levels. Obviously it’s a humorous look that those of us who are parents can relate to in some way as we’ve watched our children do something that we are cheering them along in – it’s almost a literal, “we feel their pain” type reaction. I loved this peek into the life/emotion of an Olympic family…
I also can’t help but wonder what God looks like as you and I traverse this life on earth as He allows us to make our choices and live our lives. We know He is watching, though we often put it out of our minds. I haven’t heard yet in the media what Aly’s reaction to her parent’s debut on national television in these moments was, but I’d assume after whatever embarrassment might be felt that it has to be comforting to know her parents in the stands are not only watching her, but they are ‘living’ the moment with her – cheering her on – willing her to succeed and ‘stick the landing’.
I believe God is up to much of the same thing for His children.
Psalm 121:1-4 (NLT)
1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.