by Badiru Kehinde
In the sport of Pole vaulting, a person is expected to use a long flexible pole as an aid to jump over a bar. With that in mind, even a novice spectator would know that the player would be standing alone, and helpless without the – right – pole. So, in that sense, the pole (made of fiber glass) is what gives the player the push she/he needs over the bar.
In our lives, there are situations where we have had to stand alone, with no friends or help:
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” (Rom 8:18). It seemed as though everyone you have looked to for help is unresponsive and unhelpful. Such situations are cases of standing alone, helpless with no one to help you cross over the bars of life. But I assure you that you were never alone; you just didn’t hold the right pole in your hands. What your pole consists of is the measure of how firm your flip over the bars of life would be. Just like the pole vault player who uses a bamboo pole, she/he would not only break his/her back but run into the difficulty of elevating/crossing over the bar.
As Children of God, we need to hold on to the Pole of our life – Jesus Christ. Through Him alone can we cross the bars of life. If you have not received Him into your life, do so today. He will receive you and hold you as you cling to his promises in
Isaiah 41:13 “For I, the LORD your God will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.”