Taking a Leap of Faith

“I can do everything through him (Jesus) who gives me strength,” (Philippians 4:13 NIV).

Several years ago, on a trip to Kauai, my husband and our friends, Larry and Cynthia Price, decided to go on a zip line through the jungle. After being jostled and tossed like ragdolls in the back of a retired army jeep, we finally made it to the top of the mountain from which we were going to zip down—risking life and limb I might add.

I hopped out of the jeep and eyed the cable suspended high above the valley below. After watching Cynthia fly through the trees, I climbed up onto a wooden platform and surrendered to Jack, a jovial, burly Hawaiian, who strapped me into a harness and placed a helmet on my head. With a simple click of a metal buckle, he attached my harnessed body onto a seemingly flimsy steel cable. As I stood on the edge of the platform eyeing the disappearing earth below my feet, I had a choice. I could say, “no thanks” and ask to be released from the cable, or I could jump.

I chose to jump. My body flew over the treetops and the stunningly beautiful gorge. I was Tarzan’s Jane and this was my jungle. Airborne. Exhilarating. Risky.

Jacob was with us that day. He was a stranger among our little band of adventurers. Jacob was alone. No friends. No spouse. No family.

“Jacob, what brings you up to this mountain today?” I asked.

“I’m afraid of heights,” he answered.

I then noticed the thin line of perspiration beading over his upper lip. The slight tremble in his voice. The mechanical one-foot-in-front-of-the-other halted gait up the hill.

“You’re afraid of heights?” I asked. “Then why are you here?”

“I’m going to conquer it today,” he determinedly answered.

I was struck. We were here to have fun. He was here for a totally different reason. When Jacob stood on that platform, I prayed for my new friend. For Jacob this was not just a joy ride…or just maybe it was.

I’m not saying that God told Jacob to go to the top of a mountain, attach his body to a flimsy cable, and fly over the gorge at the risk of life and limb. But I am saying that obedience often requires a leap of faith. [tweetherder][/tweetherder]Too often we say yes to God, but live the no because of fear. We stand at the precipice of belief and a decision has to be made. Am I going to trust God or not? Am I going to attach my heart to the cable of His love and take a leap of faith, or am I going to freeze in fear because I don’t trust that He has my best interest in mind? Am I going to settle for safety and miss the thrill of seeing God work through me?

As we live and move and have our being in Jesus, God will take us to some amazing places. And there will always be a choice. Will we jump headlong into the adventurous journey of His perfect plan, or will we hang back for lack of faith? Jacob stood on the platform, took a deep breath, and jumped. He flew over the treetops, careened over the river, and landed safely on the other side of his greatest fear.

We clapped and cheered. Jacob took a bow. God smiled.

 In Him we live and move and have our being…and sometimes we soar.

 Let’s Pray

Lord, sometimes I’m just flat out afraid. Afraid I’ll fail. Afraid I’ll be rejected. Afraid I won’t be good enough. Lord, forgive me for all those “I’s.” Forgive me for focusing on my weaknesses rather than Your strength. Today, I’m believing that I can do all things that You call me to do because I know that You will give me the strength I need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 What Do You Think? 

Is there anything in your life that God has called you to do that you haven’t done?

What’s holding you back?

What are you afraid of?

Who are you afraid of?

Do you need to have a little talk with yourself? David did it all the time. He spoke to his soul.

What do you need to tell yourself today? Leave a comment and tell me what what you’re going to tell yourself today. Also, click on the Zip Line link below and see me coming in for a landing!  Really. I did do it!

Zip line click on zip line.

Want More? 

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32 Responses to Taking a Leap of Faith

  1. Sheila Hall November 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    God sure has made sure that this message has been received by me this weekend! i am a Marykay consultant, who lately has been working my business. I have been really feeling that God is telling me to get to work, but because of fear of failure, and past failures, I havent listened to his voice. At a MaryKay retreat this very weekend, several women spoke. One I believe was for me. She said that God had spoken to her earlier that day and placed it on her heart to let everyone know that we needed to be doing his will. I just got home and saw this on fb!!!!!! Again, I know He is speaking to me. please pray for me as I go out of my comfort zone to fulfill the dream and the job that God has given me. Thank you for the emails and for being on fb. Love Sheila

  2. John Larimer November 12, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Dear Sharon, Something Wonderful just spoke to me when I read; Do you need to have a little talk with yourself? Where you there when my Son spoke and I moved upon the face of the waters to bring forth Light and Life? You see it can do a lot of Good when we talk to ourselves. It all started when I wrote on Gwen Smith’s photo this morning; God knows our thoughts before we think them. Then some verses kept coming to mind Heb.4:12. Pr.16:9. then Ps.94 was shown to me, especially verses7–10. , Then He gave to me about His Son speaking to Himself. I just had to share that with somebody and you were the closest to hand. I pray the Lord blesses you with what He blessed me with and more. <3

  3. tina November 12, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Father I PRAY FOR STRENGTH AND PEACE IN MY PRESENT SITUATION. I PRAY YOUR WILL BE DONE AND THAT YOU PROTECT MY DAUGHTERS SPIRIT HEART AND MIND. THAT NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS

    THIS CUSTODY ISSUE SHE HAS PEACE. AS WELL AS BOTH ME AND HER FATHER.
    PLEASE FORGIV E ME WHEN I BECOME AFRAID AND fearful
    In Jesus name Amen

  4. Donna November 12, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I loved your post…and I can really identify with your new friend, Jacob. At 53 years of age, I am embarking on a new phase in my career and I am absolutely terrified. I don’t want to be a leader…but it seems that is what God is nudging me to do. I said yes, and have since found myself “taking a break” to go into a bathroom and cry, asking if I could quit, and shaking in my shoes. Am I afraid? You bet. Am I making the ride to the top of that mountain? Yes I am. When the time comes to “jump”, will I be able? With God’s strength, I think I can.
    Donna
    anotherbattlewon.blogspot.com

  5. Nancy Beneteau November 12, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Well I’ve had a few leap of faith moments. The first was probably just over a year ago when I quit my career of being a cooke for over 20 years to running a home daycare. Diong this completely meant relying on faith as the children came to me. I began with 3 children and eventually had 7 throughout the day. Then my numbers dropped to 2 part time and 1 full time. It got really scary and money wasn’t great but I persevered and I’m back up to 2 full time, 3 afterschool fulltime and then 2 that come 3 days a week. I am completely trusting Him in to keep the children coming. It’s my only income righ tnow but God has been meeting my needs.
    I praise Him all the time for children He brings me. I love them all.
    I guess another leap of faith was joining my church. Even though my husband and much of his family think I’m “brainwashed and a bible thumper” and have no intention on joining me I have plunged forward and year ago was baptized and have applied for membership at my church. I decided that being obedient to God and loving him was that much more important that what my husband thinks about me. It has put a small rift in our marriage but I have faith God will see me through and hopefully working in my husband to change his heart.
    The hardeset part in all of this is my husband not sharing in the joy and peace that I have in my heart. It pains me to see him still so lost.
    The best decision in my life was to take a leap of faith and trust God with my whole life.
    Praise The Lord for his greatness!
    Now speaking of day care kids I”d better get moving. Have a most beautiful day!

  6. Gloria November 12, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    I’ve never really walked anyone through the salvation texts in the bible before. I believe my sisters are Christians but they are of a faith that doesn’t put much emphasis on reading the bible. I want to know that they are saved and would like to share these words with them but I’m afraid to do it. I know I’m focusing more on myself than on God or them. They are from another town and we are meeting today somewhere in between for a day of shopping and lunch. I feel that God is nudging me to step out and do this but I am really going to need a shove.

  7. Vicki November 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I am so overcome with emotion all I can say is, “thank you” your words today are just what I needed; God seems to always know when the time is right; bless you for being His hands and feet. Love in Christ, Vicki

  8. Lauren November 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    It’s truly amazing the way that God works. I have an inkling that God has something just around the corner for me, because this message has been constant this weekend through church, devotionals, and other sources. I’m in my last year of college as an art major. I have absolutely no idea what I want to do when I get out, and it’s only a few months away. I despise graphic design, which is what most “art jobs” consist of. I don’t have a clue what I’m supposed to do, and I can’t seem to see where God is pushing me, but I’m sure that he’ll let me know when the time comes to take a leap of faith. If only I can take that leap! I love these devotionals, and they get me to think about where I am in my life and where I need to be in my relationship with God. Thank you!

  9. Daral November 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    We have just moved again for my husbands job. New start, new city (totally different than ever before), looking for a church fit, new friends. It is all so hard and I envy those who have stayed long enough to have good friends, jobs and connections for life. I know God has a plan for us here and I need to wait for all the things I am longing for but it is hard to wait. But today I go for a job interview and it will be a leap for me since I have not worked for the past 6 months due to breast cancer. I am thankful to God that as of two weeks ago I have been diagnosed “Cancer Free” glory to God. But starting over is always hard and intimidating. As I go before a board of 6 to interview and meet others in the office I ask God to help me – it is a leap for me. I just want Him to be with me and guide me and place me where He can use me. Please pray for me today. Darla, AR

  10. Glenda Paquette November 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I needed your encouraging words today as my husband is being released from hospital after a bout of pneumonia. To complicate matters he has been a cancer patient for 7 years–prostate cancer that had spread to his lymph system and bone upon discovery. We are Canadians spending the winter in Florida and as you may know insurance does not cover preexisting conditions nor will they cover if he has another episode of pneumonia. However, the weather here in Florida is good for him physically and emotionally. Fear had started to lift its ugly head after talking with the insurance nurse but I know that is not God’s voice. He calls us to trust him and let go of security without being presumptious. So unless God shows us otherwise we will trust Him to take care of us just as He has through these 7 years.
    I attended your conference in Ottawa in October. At that time I once again had placed Chuck on the altar. It continues to be a daily process. But we serve an awesome God!

  11. Clydean November 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I never thought of it, but I do need a talk with myself. I left a legalistic church after 30 years about 5 years ago and I am having difficulty attending another church again. I know I need to be in fellowship with believers. Your words may be just what I need to give me that extra push! Thank you for that blessing.

  12. Ashley November 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    What a great blog entry! I have some very big, exciting things happening in my life, and I find myself holding back on it—letting other people’s words cause fear when I’ve been so happy. I would love some prayers and advice on this subject when you feel God calling you to something and one of your parents is just completely and absolutely against it? I understand I must respect my parents but God is also my Father? Thank you for the words of encouragement…shed some light on my dilemma! 🙂

  13. Elise Daly Parker November 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    So impressed with the zipline…I’d be like your friend Jacob. I would do this to get over being afraid of doing it! In my life I have been afraid of many things–fear of flying, fear of (and desperate for approval of) man, fear of rejection, fear of making a mistake…and this fear paralyzed me. God has been so faithful, when I’ve taken a baby step (definitely not a leap…I’m not the leaping kind) He has so encouraged me and cheered me on. He has proven His Perfect Love Casts Out Fear. Oh I can go there, but God has been so good, I can’t stay there for long. Praise Him!

  14. Sharon November 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Hi Sharon,
    This is Sharon 🙂 I read your post just now. I am asking you and others to please pray for me. The past few years I have been afraid of taking long distance trips by car. I get fearful of heavy traffic…(I live in the northeast!) and must travel to visit relatives that I desparately want to see on I-95 and other busy highways. I never had this fear before and I think it may be hormonal. I am in my early 50’s, so that may be the culprit. I am forging ahead and planning on going to visit for the holidays and I need your prayers. I get real anxiety and my heart starts pumping when I get in congested traffic situations. If you could please pray for me especially around Christmas time. I am praying the Lord with give me strength at this time. Thank you soooo much!!

    • Kelly November 13, 2012 at 6:23 am #

      Sharon I will pray for you! I understand your fears and also think that there is a hormonal connection. My good friend recently developed a fear of going over bridges that has led her to have anxiety also when traveling and her doctor told her it was hormonally related. Hang in there and know that when you are traveling and have anxiety that it will pass. Just breathe through it.

      • Sharon November 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

        Kelly, thank you so much for your kind words and keep the prayers coming! I have a question for you, did your friend who was afraid of bridges, ( i have that too) take medications for her hormones or did the feelings of anxiety eventually go away?

  15. Sharon November 12, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    Dear friends,
    Just wanted to say that I have read all the above requests and am keeping you all in prayer. God is bigger than anything life can throw our way. Stay faithful and true to Him, never give up and know that you are truly a magnificent being created for His glory…He will take care of us all!
    Love Sharon (from post above)

  16. Alyssa November 13, 2012 at 2:08 am #

    Hello:) thanks for the wonderful words that were written in this blog! For myself, I will be going on my first mission trip to Sydney and Newcastle at the end of this month:) I am quite excited to be travelling with this band of passionate church members and am praying for God to really move through us to touch the churches we will be visiting. For those times that we will go into the city and evangelise to strangers, I admit that I am very afraid:( I once had an encounter with a man that was a Sikh and was so difficult to talk to. At the end I felt somehow humiliated when he called his friend up to where we were standing and said to me ‘hey tell him about Christianity! I am sure you will convert him!’ It made me very angry and sad at the same time, and I felt that I didn’t want to feel that way again. But God has commanded us to tell the world about Him and I feel that we should focus on the positives of evangelism rather then the negatives:) (my friend told me of a salvation that she has seen on the same day as when I had been rejected by the Sikh:) please pray that God will help me overcome this fear that I have and use me to bring him glory in Sydney and Newcastle:) God bless!

  17. Rosemary Madaki November 13, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Wow! Its amazing how God seaks to us in a timely manner. I am currently battling. Intestinal infection dat has been resonding slowly to medications. Infact, I hav. Found myself abusing a lot of medictions in search for something that wd work. Fear has tormented me, I could feel it all around me. Lost my dad two months ago to cancer and have wondered all sorts in my mind. These words today reassure me to let go of my fears and let God work. I ray for the strenght to take that leap of faith. Amen.

  18. Rock November 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Sharon, I think you are crazy but I admire your courage. I think Jacob and I are related. But I am telling my self today to “keep my eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of my faith”.

    • Sharon November 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

      It isn’t as scary as it looks.:) I’d do it again in a heartbeat!!!! Wooo Hooo

  19. Tracy November 13, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    This message happened to come at a really good time for me, I’m in the process of completing my bachelors degree, while I work full-time and try and make sure that my daughter gets to and from volleyball practice as well as allow her time to have some sort of a social life, forgetting all about me having one (on most occassions). I am afraid of opening my heart to allow someone to love me the way that I want them to or the way that I believe that God wants them to. I’m afraid of not being enough for my daughter let alone enough for me. I feel that I fall short on so many different levels – work, school (work assignments), my children, my relationships, do I need to go on. I most recently tried reconnecting with someone from my past which, once again did not turn out how I had not only hoped but expected. I mistakenly opened my heart to someone that was not capable (emotionally) to return the same. This person was or is broken and I hoped or believed that with my love and support that we could mend our past relationship as well as mend each other. It didn’t seem to happen like that at all. In my gut and in my heart I knew that I should have stayed away but I kept believing and thinking that I could possibly make a difference as well as finally build on something that seemed to never be finished. Now I’m wounded, yet again, and once again afraid of allowing anyone to get too close. Regardless if they are the right person or not. I am praying that I find the strength to take that leap of faith that is needed to get beyond my hurt and continue to grow as only God wants me to grow and go. Thank you once again for the wonderful message and please continue to allow God to keep usining you in whatever way He deems worthy of you and your talents. Amen.

  20. rebecca November 13, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Dear Sharon, as I read this message about overcoming fear I an almost frozen with fear and I am on antideppresants pain meds and antianxiety meds. I cant make myself take a bath or move fron the couch so I lay here and cry every morning. I pray so much but nothing helps me. I broke my back 9 yrs ago and have 2 rods there and it hurts to sit up or walk. I have become increasingly depressed and anxious as I worry about my future and ab out my daughter who has in-law problems. Please help me or tell me what to do as I am getting worse and no longer leave my house except to go to Dr. every 6 mo. I’m terrified Help me please!

  21. Tina D November 14, 2012 at 12:01 am #

    Sharon I can really relate to this story im a born again christian. I JUST GOT BAPTIZED NOW WHAT DO I DO

  22. Brandi November 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    I am so encouraged about your devotion regarding expecting God to answer our prayers. I have been praying daily for a while now for my husband and our broken marriage. I pray for the restoration of my family. It has been a difficult six months and my faith has wavered. Please pray for me and my family. I dearly love having another group of prayer warriors. I do feel there is power in prayer!
    Blessings!!

  23. Jacinta Wilder November 20, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    You asked to leave aprayer request so here is mine, please pray for my son Toby to come to The Lord and be delivered from alcohol, pornography and magazines that seem satanic to me.. Also pray The Lord heal my brother and I from anxiety and depression. I it is genetic. My father and one of his sisters had it. Thank you very much and sorry for bugging you.

  24. Miss Lutunji November 20, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Wow, first I must apologize. I have been reading your devotionals for some months now. They are always on time and speak directly to my heart. Today’s was super empowering because I am in a season of “Praying without Ceasing.” I have a mighty calling on my life and therefore, I understand why I am under constant attack of the enemy. Yes, endurance takes practice and patience however, my human side sometimes rises up. I would ask that you stand in agreement with me that my health, finances and purpose excel in Jesus name. Thank you for your obedience to God. The devotionals are LIFE changing.

    Miss Lutunji

  25. Christine November 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    I have been believing God for my future husband and life partner (for the past year) and while it has always been sort of a future thought I am beginning to have the desire for now. Through college and even my first 2 years of medical school I prayed to meet him in future tenses, I just kept thinking about how young I was and how much time I had. Now in my final year of medical school I am beginning to desire the companionship and the love and over the year in particular my expectations have plummeted without my realization. I am praying with new fervor and my expectations are even greater than they were originally. I have seen God move in my life, I cannot imagine why I was trying to make it easier for God like He needs my help or something. So now I ask you to join me in prayer about meeting my future husband, I really believe I have the right attitude now to receive what He has in store for me. I am also interviewing for residency positions around America this winter, I know God has gone ahead and prepared a place for me, I pray that I hear His voice, I listen and I obey.
    I have been blessed praying for my sisters. God bless you all and may your expectations be met with outstanding results. Amen!

  26. Jennifer D November 20, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    I am asking for prayer for my twin sister, Jana. This message really spoke to me because I pray for her all the time, but she is so deep into drugs and other evil things that I struggle believing she can change at this point. However, I love her so so and I want her back so badly. I can’t imagine spending eternity in Heaven without her. Just as Christine mentioned, this message helped me to realize that no issue is too far gone for God to fix. He knows exactly what can happen in order for my sister to change. Please pray that God will change her heart. That he will loosen the devils grasp on her and deliver her from evil. And that she will turn from her sinful ways and serve God in all that she does and be blessed abundantly. Also, please pray for change very soon.

  27. Lisa November 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    “I’m dancing with the One who made me, and I’m following His lead!”

  28. Susan November 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    We need to move from NL to ON, please pray that God will send someone to buy our house and that he will prepare another house that will meet our needs and price range.

  29. toneka November 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    “I’m dancing with the One who made me, and I’m following His lead!”

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