Southern Gospel Times Feature Article

Sue's Sense - Sue Duffield

SLIDE TO UNLOCK

Every iPhone has the key phrase of access on the main screen - "Slide to Unlock". In other words: Swipe to enter. Run your finger across, left to right - to get in. It's a rite of passage to access the smart phone world in your hand.

I drove past a playground in town, watching kids running, skipping, and sliding down slides. The best view of the day was a grandmother getting ready to let gravity take her plump body down the kids' slide. I stopped to watch this. Jumping all around on the ground were three happy ecstatic children, convulsing IN the moment, shouting up to their grandma, “C’mon, Grandma! Go, Grandma! GO! You can do it! You can do it!"

Without too much coercion, Grandma pushed and wedged her body away from the hand railings and slowly plummeted down the slide to the end. Awaiting her were three beaming children, unconscious with laughter and hugs, screaming, "Do it again, Grandma! Do it again!” She picked herself up off the ground, laughing and said, "Oh my, I'm not as young as I used to be! I don't know if I can do it again.... but I'll try."

While I was watching this scene, I was also replaying a similar sequence in my head of years ago. It's such irony to be totally present in the present, but sometimes reflecting and looking back all at the same time. I had flashbacks of my grandmother going down a slide too, in her house dress, screeching, sticking and locking her feet to the side rails. Precious moments.

So here’s my hope for you today:
Slide to unlock the joy.
Slide to unlock the laughter.
Slide to unlock the memories.
Slide to unlock the mystery of the gospel.

You'll have full access to the kingdom, when you slide to unlock the child within you.

Matthew 18:2-5 (The Message) For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom. What's more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it's the same as receiving me.”


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Sue Duffield About Sue Duffield
Sue Duffield is a singer/songwriter and an all around crazy person! Her childhood heroes were Vestal Goodman, Carol Burnett and Karen Carpenter! She travels the world sharing her humor, music and inspiration. Sue is married to Jeff Duffield, pianist and session player in Nashville. You can find out more about Sue at sueduffield.com.


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