I jumped out of a plane today. I did what they call a tandem jump. I was harness to a certified instructor, and together, we made the jump.
I did this insane thing for two reasons: I have always wanted to skydive. And it was a stretch for me. It is out of my comfort zone to not know what I am doing and to completely trust someone else (in this case with my life). It was a spiritual experience.
On the climb to 10,000 feet, I was reviewing what I was supposed to do. It was relatively simple. I was to listen to my instructor as we position ourselves on the wing. I was to cross my arms when we jumped and then put my body in an arch as soon as possible. I was not to grab my instructors hands, and I was to do whatever he told me to do on the way down. But most importantly, I was to have fun and enjoy the ride.
As the crop plane approached the jump point, I continued my review and began to see a parallel to a spiritual truth. What was I being asked to do? Pack a parachute, fly the plane? No, I was to trust in the instructor, the pilot, the plane and the parachute packer. My knowledge was limited. I didn’t know how it all worked, nor was I asked to learn. My task with simple: trust, obey. I was not asked to do anything other than trust in the ones who had it under control.
God is attuned to our journey, and He has it under control. God will do everything necessary to see that we land where He has designed. God is the pilot, and we are simply along for the ride.
Our concerns should be relatively few. Trust in the goodness of God. Don’t worry about all God is responsible for. Enter the spiritual community God has created for us. Obey Him when He speaks. Enjoy the ride.
Read Matthew 6:25-34. Do a word study on trust in the Psalms. As you read, is there something that comes to your mind, some area where you’re not resting in the strong arms of God? Close your eyes. Give it to Him. Jump!
Strong and steady God, why do I worry about the things only You can handle – especially when You have promised that You will? Teach me to trust. Teach me to jump.