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As most of you know by now, my team and I had the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls this past month in Zambia. Upon researching the Falls, we found out that they just happened to have the world's third highest bungee jump! If you know me at all, you know this is something I would not be able to pass up. The opportunity to swan dive off a bridge at one of the most beautiful places in the world... what's not to like? :)
When you are standing in line to bungee jump, a lot of things tend to run through your mind. You try to process all the aspects of the jump, even though there is no way you can accurately feel what is about to happen. In fact, the preparation for the jump is the fun part... it's when you waddle to the edge and hang your toes over that it gets scary.
As I was standing there waiting for my turn, I realized bungee jumping can actually be a lot like our walk with Christ. Kind of a funny analogy, I know. From the line, this lifestyle looks fun, it looks adventurous, and it looks exciting. We like the idea of the challenge and the adrenaline of something new. We stand in line, we even gear up, but its when we get to the edge that we are finally faced with fear. The fear of failure, the fear of inadequacy, the fear of losing everything, the fear of losing control. When we get to the edge, we realize that in order to take the plunge we have to completely and totally trust and rely on something greater than us to catch us, to save us, and to protect us.
So instead of jumping, many times we stay in line. We keep the harness on, and we think about walking forward... but we can't quite make the commitment. We can't officially let go.
It's time to take the plunge. It's time to stop just looking the part. It's time to hang your toes over, take a deep breath, and finally jump. God's ready. :)