The Screamer

This could have been the dumbest thing I’ve ever done. Well, not the dumbest. Standing in line for 3 hours at a  Vera Bradley outlet sale that came to town was the dumbest. But this was a close second.

I spoke last weekend at Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado.  It was an amazing weekend with women from Legacy Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  At the Ranch, they had this thing called The Screamer.

First, you climb up on this very high platform.

Then this kid fits you and two of your friends in tight, tight harnesses. You put a helmet on your head. (I’m convinced that this is just for looks. The helmet would do absolutely nothing to protect your brain if you fell. If you fell, you would not want your brain to work anyway.

You step to the edge of the platform and beg for forgiveness for putting the Lord, Thy God, to a test.

A young boy, who looks like he’s about 14, has your life in his hands. He releases the cable and then you fly out into nothingness.

You, and your two friends scream. You just do. I’m the one on the end with my mouth open the widest.

I thought to myself…this is not the way I want to meet Jesus.

I use to think the Rapture would be fun. Now I’m not so sure.  (You know I’m kidding. Right?) The good news is, I lived. But I would not do it again.

There’s not big spiritual lesson today. Just thought you might like to know what really goes on at women’s retreats. Well, at least when you’re hanging out with the wild and crazy Jesus lovin’ ladies at Legacy Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

And here’s another little tid bit of news…

The winner of the random drawing for Tuesday’s blog post entries is Beth Ritchason. Here a picture of the butterfly she’ll receive to remind her to look for moments of Sudden Glory. 

Do you like this little butterfly? Do you think I should offer more butterflies for random drawings from blog post entries? Just checking. Let me know.



19 Responses to The Screamer

  1. Pam Alford September 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    My daughter and I just love butterfly’s and we both hope that when we get to heaven someday that it will be filled with all the beautiful butterfly’s that we enjoy here on earth each day! Thanks for your ministry. May I also ask for prayers for my health trying to get over neck and hip surgery. Thanks Pam

  2. Bonnie September 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Yes, more butterflies… love that one and would love to see more. I know God has quite a variety of them in our beautiful world.

  3. Nancy Beneteau September 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Well you certainly have more guts than me. I don’t know if I could do that. I’m going to a ladies retreat this weekend but I know for a face there isn’t any flying get ups there. It is a ranch but I’m opting out of the horse riding this year due to my knee being in such bad shape. I’m so eager to see how God meets me this year. Every year He meets me in a different year at this retreat. I’m excited can’t you tell. I leave tomorrow at 6. I can’t wait!
    As for the butterflies yes I think it’s a great idea. It’s an affirmation to remind us God is with us and we are all beautiful. Random butterflies would help encourage! I have a butterfly bush right outside my living room window. It bloomed so well this year. I had lots of butterflies. I love watching them. They are so peaceful to watch.
    Have a great day Sharon!


  4. Stacy T. September 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Yes I would love to win one. I love butterflies. That was funny that you women were that brave to do that. I am afraid of heights. Hope I am unconscious during the rapture. Just kidding. Have a blessed day!!!

  5. Cindy Neufeld September 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I would love a butterfly! I’ve done a zipline once. I’ve also ONCE jumped out of a perfectly good airplane. The week before I graduated from Bible College…I know all about your feeling like you are putting Jesus to the test! Be blessed and thanks for blessing us!

  6. Linda September 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Thanks for just sharing a “real life” story. It’s nice to get a “glimpse” of you.

  7. Lynn Fennell September 28, 2012 at 3:08 am #


  8. Cindy September 28, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    This is a beautiful Butterfly. Sharon I don’t know if you remember that there was two fires here in New Mexico within 10 yrs from each other. Well, one day that my oldest daughter was walking outside she found a Butterfly. It was yellow and black. The wired thing she thought it was alive. It had it winds spread out like it was getting ready to fly. She got was able to put it up and bring home. Yes, it was dead. I think that this Butterfly had to much smoke in it little lungs. I felt so bad! But I kept it and it sit in a glass case today. Butterfly remember of God. They fly with such grace, and the beautiful they have, is amazing. They are just wonder to look at!!!.I wish I could send you a picture of a red tail hawk that God sent to me one day. I stood on my niegbothers back yard tree. And I was able to take a picture of it. I felt so thankful that I was able to catch a picture of this red tail hawk. So if I was to win this Butterfly, (which I would love to) it would go together with my other one. Thanks Sharon for you blog it help me look at life a different way all the time. 🙂 God Bless you and your family!

  9. Debbie Brunk September 28, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Love the butterfly picture! Yes I think you should have another drawing. In my next devotion for my church board meeting, I will do Butterfly Living!

  10. Jona Wright September 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Wanna know what the dumbest thing ever I’ve ever done? Standing in line for 3 hours at a Vera Bradley outlet sale that came to town with my dear friend, Sharon. Yes, that is right. We both were caught up in the excitement and couldn’t believe the line when we decided to check out. What were we thinking???? Anyway, thank you, Sharon, for making the wait in line fun & memorable.

    • Sharon September 29, 2012 at 2:33 am #

      Yes, this is the gal who stood in line with me at the Vera Bradley sale. Dumb and Dumber, that’s us. And the truth is, neither one of us even like vera Bradley!

  11. Ruth September 29, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Yes to the butterflies. I need a reminder now and again

  12. Colleen October 1, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Yes to the butterflies from me as well. It is beautiful and reminds me of the only Sunday school teacher I ever had. For about 6 weeks, my parents took me to church when I was 9 or so. A very elderly lady taught me Sunday school, none of which I remember, but I do remember that she gave me a very formal – grown up – note card to welcome me. There was a butterfly on it and a little butterfly pin inside. It is one of those little things that I remember and look back on as being possibly the first of many signs that God was pursuing me. Perhaps I will write down the history of my journey to faith starting with the butterfly.

    Thanks Sharon! I wasn’t planning on reading this post today but came simply to say that I read Ephesians 1 today at your suggestion and great things happened. LOL! I realized that when I read something I thought someone needed, I would make note of it and wonder how to let them know that I thought they should read it!!! Now this seems so silly. Obviously, I’m noticing it for them so I can pray it for them. (Recovering from feeling a little foolish. Perhaps I’ll have a cup of tea and laugh at myself just a little longer. 😉

    Have a lovely day. Sorry to be long winded. Lots of new revelations this morning thanks to your prompting.

  13. Carol October 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    October is the Monarch butterfly migration time. Last year while in Destin FL with a GIG we watched for over an hour one day as hundreds of those beautiful butterflies flew by right outside our porch. To experience that migration was a gift from God and even now when I see a butterfly it causes me to reflect on my journey with Him to discover daily my part in His story!

  14. Nancy October 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Thank You
    It put a smile on my face that radiates My “Father” Jesus is always with me. I’m a daughter of the Almighty King.

  15. Colette October 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    I am trusting God!

  16. Lillie October 4, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    I am trusting Gog!

  17. Pat Gerbrandt October 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Sharon, I visited your page this morning after reading today’s devotional. As I looked for Will’s picture, I scrolled down and the butterfly photo caught my attention. I too like butterflies! These tiny, delicate creatures speak powerfully of God’s transforming work.

  18. Damaris November 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Thanks for making me laugh, i was convinced by my husband and son to get to a water slide and never noted it was covered so inside was dark, i was moving at a superspeed and i was so scared that i almost downed in knee length water, to speak the trueth i’ve never been back there again, to say i was terrified is understatement.

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