Sunday, February 6, 2011

Go for it.....

About 10 years ago, when Brian was a student pastor, we took a Youth Camp trip to Pensacola, Florida.  We spent a fun day at a local amusement park where many of the students decided to bungee jump.  They begged Brian and me to join the fun.  I have always been the adventurous type, so I was ready to go for it.  Brian, not as adventurous, was a bit reluctant.  He later confessed he felt pressure to jump because he couldn’t let his wife show him up!  So, we climbed the twenty flights of stairs, buckled up the harnesses, listened to the instructor, and got in line.  I couldn’t wait!  Students bounced their way to exhilaration one at a time, then it was my turn.  I slowly walked to the end of the platform and paused to look down.  That was a HUGE mistake.  I realized I was very high off the ground..very, very high.  A myriad of “what if?” scenarios began to play out in my mind like a movie reel set on high speed.  What if the cord broke?  What if I catapulted back up and hit my head on the platform?  What if I wet my pants? 

Life lesson:  Don’t look before you leap

God’s ways are not our ways.  Many times it does not make sense to let go and do what God calls us to do.  If we stop and think about all the possibilities of what “could happen” as a result of our obedience, we might not have the courage to follow God’s plan.  Fear can paralyze, like the moment I stood frozen on that bungee platform in Pensacola.  I really wanted to enjoy the ride, but fear gripped my heart and my legs would not leap.  It reminds me of the story of Moses in Exodus 4.  As Moses stood before God he witnessed God’s miraculous signs, he knew God could be trusted, he knew God personally, yet he lacked the courage to jump.  He laments to the Lord in verse 10, saying, “O Lord, I’m just not a good speaker.  I never have been…”  To this the Lord replies, “Who makes mouths?  Who makes people speak, hear or not hear, see or not see?  Is it not I, the Lord?”  The Lord was telling Moses, I will equip you to accomplish what I call you to do.  The Lord was promising the ability to perform miraculous signs, the knowledge of the perfect words to say, the promise of safety from those who wanted to kill him, and even the companionship of Aaron to serve as a spokesperson.  Moses was well-suited and equipped for the job, so reluctantly he jumped.  He went to Egypt and the result is a beautiful time of worship.  Exodus 4:31 says, “The leaders were soon convinced that the Lord had sent Moses and Aaron.  And when they realized that the Lord had seen their misery and was deeply concerned for them they all bowed their heads and worshipped.”  Moses was afraid, but he obeyed, and God was glorified.

I stood on the bungee platform trembling, but I knew I had to jump.  So I went for it! AAAAaaaaaahhhh!  I enjoyed the ride of my life!  It was everything I had hoped it would be.  Exhilarating, exciting, and memorable, I was so thrilled I had jumped.  It is just like that in my faith walk.  It is really what Romans 12:1 is all about.  God calls us to submit our lives as living sacrifices, not when it is easy, pain-free, or safe, but when he calls we should listen and obey.  It can be dangerous and defeating to look before we leap.  It is infinitely better to keep our eyes on Him, JUMP and enjoy the ride of a life-time.  He is faithful to equip us with all we need!

1 comment:

  1. I remember watching you make that jump...I was so proud of you and more than a little jealous because I was too scared to do it myself. I love the whole concept of your blog because God allows up life's experiences so we can grow closer to Him and lead others in the same way. That's exactly what you're doing with your blog, great job!