I remember my first steps onto that airplane when I was 16 years old. I’d been excitedly preparing for this journey for months, and yet, when the departure day finally arrived my nerves begged me not to go.
I was terrified to leave my familiar life.
When I was 18 I made the decision to attend a Bible school for nine weeks. I was thrilled with the opportunity and without a care in the world. But the night before I left my stomach started doing flips. It was all I could do not to cancel the whole trip and stay just exactly where I was put.
I was terrified to leave behind my comfortable little world.
When I was 20 years old I had the chance to move to another state for a time. My heart soared with the adventure of it all and I just knew this was my chance to explore a brand new way of life. And yet, as I loaded up my car my heart began to break, and I was convinced that it just wasn't meant to hold this sort of weight.
I was terrified to leave behind all that made me feel safe up until this point.
At the age of 22 I was given the gift of a trip across the world. I would experience the beauty of Africa for the very first time. With the travel date a good distance in the future it sounded like such a thrill. I’d talk about it with everyone, thinking how fun it all would be. But as the departure drew near a sickening dread began to build, and as I tried my best to get ready, I began to wonder why I had ever thought this was a good idea.
I was terrified of the unknown and the “what if’s” that played through my mind.
Each one of these defining moments has been etched deep into my mind. I remember well the fears that filled me and the anxious worries that stole my joy.
But there’s more to each one of these stories than only the fear and dread. You see, each and every story has a very similar end.
These “cliff-jumping” moments, as I like to refer to them, they led the way to some of my very greatest joy.
If I think back to life before I took each plunge, I can clearly see that I was a different me.
These moments changed me, grew me, and shaped me to be more like the girl that I was always meant to be.
Jesus knew that I would need each one of these defining moments to take me into deeper levels of knowing Him. Jesus knew that they would all lead to the hidden treasures that are underneath.
These “cliff-jumping” moments are a part of what has shaped me thus far, and I’m quite certain there will be many more to continue to accomplish the work that’s needed in me.
Friend, don’t ever shrink back from those defining moments. If you’ve been given the go-ahead from your Heavenly Father, then you can easily trust that He’ll be there to catch you after you take the jump.
His plan is to build you and never to harm you. His plan is to grow you and never to leave you.
Rest in the One who holds it all together, and even if there are tremors of fear, take the leap anyway. He’s got you all the way.