The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3
I remember so vividly as just a young kindergartner the parade that came by my school one day honoring some astronauts that had recently returned from space. It was a pretty big deal for all of us as we poured out of the school and lined the street just to get a glimpse of a real-life astronaut. There they were sitting on the back of a convertible waving as they passed by. The space race was in full swing and anything to do with space, rockets was all the rage.
I remember seeing the clips being played on TV of the astronauts first walk on the moon. Who could forget those famous words from Neil Armstrong, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind?” Every step they made seemed so effortless. As the astronauts where just having fun with the lack of gravity on the moon, they would take these intentional leaps that would have been completely impossible back here on earth.
When the lame beggar by the Temple gate encountered Peter and John and received his healing, he began to leap, too. Acts 3:8 says, “So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them–walking, leaping, and praising God.” This man was so grateful for what God had done that he just couldn’t help himself. He just had to praise God. No longer was he confined by the gravitational pull of his paralyzed condition. He could now leap and praise God with all of his heart, and he didn’t care at all who took notice. It wasn’t a show for him, but a praise from the very depths of his heart.
What has God done in your life that’s worth leaping for? When I begin to think about the goodness of God and what He’s done in my life, and where I’d be if “He had not……..” it makes me want to leap too.
If you’re feeling like there’s not much to praise Him for, then praise Him anyway. I heard a preacher just say recently, “Praise can do something in your life that prayer alone just won’t do.” Maybe you’ve been praying until you feel “prayed out,” if so, just start to praise. Just begin to worship Him for who He is and leap for joy in spite of any lame circumstances you may be facing. All of heaven will take notice and you may be just one leap away from your breakthrough.