Years ago, in my teens we went on a family holiday to Menorca in the Mediterranean. The small beach we spent our days on was surrounded by high cliffs and the sport-du-jour among locals and holiday-makers alike was jumping from the cliffs into the clear, deep water beneath. Being the cautious type in my youth, I spent most of the first few days of the holiday standing atop one of the cliffs, gazing at the ten or fifteen metre drop to the sea, envious of the fun that other children were having, yet too afraid to jump myself. No matter how much friends implored me to take a step off the cliff, no matter how much they tried to rationalise away my fears or gushed about the thrill, I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
But then, on about the third day, a determination gripped me, I committed myself and jumped…..
And, oh my goodness, what a rush! I was blown away by how amazing it felt. As a consequence, based on my new-found experience, I spent the whole of the rest of the holiday (or as often as I could) jumping from that cliff, seeking out places to jump from and telling anyone who’d listen what an amazing thrill it really was!
Walking with the Lord is the same in many ways.
In the Book of Psalms, David writes:
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8 (NLT)
In other words, you can’t explain to someone just how good a dish tastes. They’ll only truly understand once they’ve tasted it for themselves. And so it is with the Lord.
Faith is taking that first step without seeing the whole staircase. It’s walking in the dark into a pool of torchlight which only lights your next few steps. It’s a relationship based on trust.
Sometimes, we think it would be lovely if God would show us the whole journey before we commit to going on it. But that’s just not how He works. Imagine if our awesome creator God showed us at the outset all that He could use our lives for. This is the God capable of creating the Universe! Do you not think that what He can do with you, what He may be planning to use you for, might be a little too frightening for you to comprehend right now? He loves us and doesn’t want to terrify us into quitting before we start!
But God’s also interested in your faith. He wants you to trust Him and so the only true response we can make is to step out based on His promise. It’s the promise he made to the people of Jerusalem through the prophet Jeremiah:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)
God wants you to step with him into the unknown. That’s why it’s called the Christian FAITH.
The engineer in me would love to present a lengthy, well-reasoned and persuasive argument to convince you that following Christ is the best way to live. But I can’t. It doesn’t work that way.
All I can tell you is that after a lot of hesitancy over the years, I finally made that commitment and jumped. And it’s amazing!
But you’ll have to jump in yourself to find out just how good. You can’t toe-dip your way into a relationship with Jesus, it’s all or nothing. A committed jump from the old to the new. To life in all its fullness.
I pray that if you’re in that place of indecisions, you would trust in Him and make the leap.
Come on in. The water’s lovely!