Love spins true around the only true axis

by Craig on January 14, 2011

That thing over there in the picture? I had one when I was a kid. It came in a little square box.

All it did was spin – but it was magic. If I nudged it a little – to get it to spin at a different tilt – it nudged right back.

There was something  mystical inside, that kept it spinning on its axis undeterred.

I liked it because it seemed determined, like the little train who thought he could.

But the magic only worked when it was spinning. When it wasn’t, it was just a fun thing to throw at my brother.

It turns out that it really wasn’t magic.

If you take any gyroscope and start it spinning – and apply a bit of force, trying to tip it over, you meet an equal amount of force opposing your effort.

Now how can that not be magic?

Here comes the science-y part. Close your eyes if you want to. But keep reading.

Let’s say I nudge the gyroscope a little. The thing absorbs the force but it continues to spin, So that spot that I nudged? It spins around the axis too – and it carries that force with it. It carries it to the opposite side, at which point the force of the nudge, which originally went one way,  now pushes back the other way.

Then, as it continues to spin,

that force from the original nudge keeps changing places,

and the force keeps pushing,

and then it’s on the other side,

and it keep pushing there too,

and all the pushes,

because it’s a circle,

end up pushing against each other,

and cancel each other out.

Here’s a nice science-y diagram:

It’s not magic. It’s just physics.

But it’s still kind of magical.

After all, who made the laws of physics?

I liked it as a kid because of the mystery. I like it now because it reminds me of the mystery of me. When I’m on target with Our Lord I spin really nicely. When he’s my axis I spin true.

Love spins true

around the only true axis

The trick is to keep spinning around that axis.

It’s like we’re human gyroscopes. We spin our lives and every day there are forces trying to tip us over. And we would tip right over if we stopped spinning around the axis.

And if we have enough power to keep spinning, God lets us get it done. And we generate push back, to the push of the forces – and we spin undeterred.

And when we don’t have enough power?

He who has unlimited resources, can keep us spinning.

This is why pure love has an innate sense of purpose, which resists being thrown off course.

And today, as one of God’s gyroscopes, I need to ask these questions:

Where’s my axis?

What’s tipping me today?

What can I do to  keep spinning and thus counter those tipping forces?

Do I have access to power beyond myself to keep me spinning?

Do I need to gain access to that power?

If so, should I wait a while to ask for it – or will right now do?

In God’s Love.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Rae January 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

“Close your eyes if you want to. But keep reading.” You’re a very demanding blogger, you know that? 😉

I’m glad I kept reading (with my eyes open). Good thoughts.


Craig January 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

I just know I have extremely talented readers.




susan January 14, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Hey Rae, I LOL’d at that one too. You put it much nicer than I would have! ;D


susan January 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I am,and have been for yrs, pushed so hard that I push back harder than necessary & sometimes fall down. Just for a minute &pop back up,like a Weeble (since we’re using toys like the gyro&”little engine that could”). I hv had friends&nephs actually call me a Weeble,cuz I always “land on my feet”-like Laska&the wylde herd in the cathaus. And I know who flicks me back up with a fingertip, always have. And alwys say “thank you” out loud, wherever I am, and ppl look at me funny. Their loss, imnsho. The ppl who know Him would know who I was thanking. -s-


Craig January 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

One weeble to another – I get it. :)


Debbie January 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I loved this concept ! It helps me so much. And if I’m getting pushed and it stops me from spinning . . .maybe I wasn’t orbiting around Him like I thought I was. I want to be His gyroscope. :) Thank you! God bless you and all the science-y stuff you use for Him! :)


Craig January 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I was scienc-y wasn’t it? But it’s so true – the magic of the gyroscope – so many analogies I could draw from it. Our God, the one who spins the universe – and makes all the laws that govern it. It’s inspiring.


Anonymuss January 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

This is another great image- really brings it home for me. And my gyro is definitely out of whack right now. Prayer time-yes.


Craig January 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Me too A. we are all fritzy gyros always needing his touch – I’m with you in prayer.


Eden January 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

May we all keep spinning around His axis. Blessings!


Craig January 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Eden, thank you for reading. And so true – his it the ONLY axis worth spinning around. God Bless.


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