This past summer while at a youth camp I climbed a 43 foot telephone pole and jumped off of it! Yup, that happened and that jump could be one of my most enlightening moments of my life. I had to put my trust in the ropes and cables that were supposed to keep me safe. Even though I had watched other people jump and arrive safely to the ground below, I had doubt. When it’s you standing on top of a telephone pole you question the ropes and harness, you question everything.
We are like that in our walk with Christ. We climb, we work hard, we follow Christ through the hard times and we get to the top and He asks us to JUMP! And we forget all He had already done, all the promises He has kept and all the protection He has provided. In those brief moments standing on top of that pole I couldn’t surrender control. I had been told earlier by the people in charge of the event to NEVER under any circumstances hold onto the ropes. Well, i didn’t listen. When i jumped I held on and broke my hand and wrist. I didn’t trust, what would holding the ropes really do to keep me safe from a 43 foot fall? Nothing, in actually it severely damaged me. I learned a hard lesson about trust.
Trust is a hard thing for me. Most of the time I feel like the only person I can trust is myself. And that day while cradling my broken hand I learned that I may not be the best person to put my trust into.
God tells us to trust Him, to listen to Him and to LET GO. However we are in a constant struggle with Him, saying repeatedly that we know better than He does. But we don’t know better, and most of the time when we put our trust in ourselves we end up hurt and broken.
Don’t be me, let go of the ropes and trust. God’s got this!
Psalm 9:10 Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.