“Run and jump!,” he said. I laughed nervously. I had never zip-lined before. I’ve watched others. They all seemed to have survived, but would I be so lucky? I’m not as young or as small as I used to be. Would the cable be strong enough to hold me all the way across? Would the trolley keep me running smoothly along the cable? Would the harness around my waist and thighs truly keep me connected to the cable from one point to the next?
I guess you don’t know until you jump. I didn’t really run and jump – it was more like a skip. I did scream for about a second until I realized I was still alive – and now was gliding through a tropical forest of pools, rivers and lush vegetation. It was breathtaking and beautiful. What an amazing vantage point to be surveying my surroundings. I can’t believe all I would have missed if I had not taken my ‘leap of faith’!
Isn’t everyday life the same as zip lining? There are many opportunities to jump into a new job, leap into solving critical family problems — skip into a new dream or business venture. But you have to be the first to move.
As a Christian, a believer in God — who sent His Son to save us — and seals us with the Holy Spirit, we have the perfect ‘equipment’ to trust in. God is the cable — sturdy, strong, unwavering. Jesus is the harness — wrapping you up safely. The Holy Spirit is our trolley — guiding us and opening our eyes, minds and hearts to what is around us and where we are headed.
You may be contemplating your next ‘run and jump’ opportunity. Ask God for the faith to give you courage. Watch for the Holy Spirit to guide. Know that Jesus, who is closer than a brother, is constantly with you. Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” Don’t jump into your next opportunity without God.
Psalm 73:28 says, “As for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.” When God is a part of your adventure, you can believe you will be able to share with others of His great work.
Being in a blended family is much like zip-lining…you definitely can’t get to the other side without stepping forward and stepping off the platform … run and jump! You may scream at first, but then you will see the beautiful opportunity surrounding you. Hang on … and … Blessings in your blending!