I stood at the edge, too scared to move.
I remember it now as if it was six days ago.
As my father stood in the water extending his arms to me, I recall his words,
“I’ll catch you. Just jump.”
I trusted my daddy. He was the strongest, smartest, most talented man I knew. In my 5-year old eyes he could do anything and everything.
There was no one like my daddy.
I leaped from the edge of the pool, and for those few seconds, I felt like I was flying. And sure enough, I landed in Dad’s hands as he caught me. Squeals of laughter followed, as did many repetitions of the jump.
Dad was my first swim instructor, as he removed my fear of water with each passing leap.
Those are some precious memories for me right there.
As I grew and matured, there was still no one like my daddy. Even as his body weakened in his last days on this earth, he was still the strongest, smartest, most talented man I knew.
This early memory was tucked way back somewhere in my mind until I began writing this post. I had forgotten all about those early swim days with Dad.
But after reminiscing with this memory, I was sadly awakened to the reality of how over the years I’ve experienced many moments of standing on the edge of life in fear, too scared to jump.
Too fearful to try something new.
Too fearful of what others might think.
Too fearful to follow my dream.
Too fearful of falling or failing.
All the while, like my daddy, God stands with arms extended to me saying,
“I’ll catch you. Just jump.”
God invites us to go deeper with Him. He invites us to leave the comfort of standing on the edge, to experience all He has planned for us. He knows that won’t happen unless we trust Him enough to let go and allow Him lead us to deeper waters.
If He’s calling us to jump, He’ll catch us.
We can trust God. After all, He knows us better than we know ourselves. And His plans for us are good. He’s the strongest strong One. He’s the smartest smart One. There’s no One like Him.
If He’s calling us to take the leap of faith in Him, He’s not going to let us fall. His arms are strong enough and big enough to catch us.
When we fix our gaze on God standing ready to catch us, fear vanishes and courage fills us to take the leap. And squeals of laughter follow as we soar on this exciting and wonderful adventure with Him.
We can look back and see all we would have missed out on if we stayed standing on the edge.
Let’s not stay on the edge.
Let’s not miss out on one thing God has planned for you and me. Will you come to the edge with me? Let’s take each other by the hand, count to three, and take the leap. Together.
I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and I tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I will help you.’ Isaiah 41:13 NCV
With much love today,
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