The peril of multiple plate spinning is not as you would think. The first image of a plate spinner is that he would run our of strength and drop plates and that they would break. Everyone spins multiple plates with life. You have the realm of personal goals and the sphere of family relationships; occupational and financial opportunities; medical and educational pressures. Within each realm there are multiple plates that must be spun and keep on spinning.
Such an image gives one a sense of fatigue and we marvel at those who successfully spin life’s plates with confidence and competence. We also know when we are physically weary, we run a huge risk.
Part of the problem with life is the discovery of the source of strength to keep spinning the plates. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are confident that our source of strength is nothing less than the Lord Himself. The faith journey is learning to exercise His strength in every realm of life instead of opting for our own personal strength. It is what is sometimes referred to as “rest.” Not autopilot, but the rest of faith.
The problem that exists is that even though we may have begun to rest in the Lord and trust Him with our ways, we sometimes slide back to our old flesh patterns, like we would put on that old pair of sneakers in the back of the closet. When we do, we lose the inner strength to competently, purposefully spin plates. And there is heighten danger of a catastrophe.
Acknowledge that our source is not our own. Confess our self sufficiency and go back to the place of rest in the One who is our source of strength.
“O my Lord,
Forgive me for serving You in sinful ways–
for glorying in my own strength,
by forcing myself to minister through necessity,
by accepting the applause of others,
by trusting in assumed grace and spiritual affection,
by a faith that rests upon my hold on Christ, not on Him alone,
by having another foundation to stand upon besides You;
because I make my flesh my arm.” (Valley, page 182)