The other day I was coaching at the gym and I had a little girl who refused to do a drill because she was scared. This particular drill was designed for the girls to flip backwards off a 9ish foot drop into a squishy foam pit. After minutes of her climbing on the platform only to cry and not go I decided to step in. I climbed up on the platform with her and literally chucked her over my shoulder backwards into the pit. Now to the non-gymnastics world that sounds like pretty tough love especially for an 8-year-old. Eventually after multiple times doing this the tears finally stopped, but I was still physically having to throw her into the pit because she was scared to go on her own. But, the catch was she was beginning to trust me. In gymnastics you have to do some pretty scary and risky things in order to accomplish the skills required of you. The skills only get harder as you advance, and there comes a time when you have to put your full trust in the coaches in order to accomplish anything, because you are physically unable to do it on your own just yet. It is a learning process and it is a trusting process.
I started to think how my life kinda looked like this. Sometimes God asks us to free fall 9 feet into a pit. Not knowing the outcome, not knowing what to do, but having to physically and mentally trust Him completely. He asks us to put our fears aside and our trust in Him so that He can teach us a remarkable skill that is going to lead us to greater places and make us a better person.
I’ve learned it is easy to trust God when things make sense. When I can see what is at the bottom of that 9 foot drop, when I can see the outcome or direction. But when it’s blind, it’s dark, and it is completely hidden that is when Faith overcomes fear. Our faith cannot grow when we can see the outcome. Our faith grows when our trust is released from ourselves and into the hands of the One who knows the outcome and orchestrates it for our good and not our harm.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
He doesn’t promise us that trusting Him will be easy, but He does promise that the sacrifice will be far worth the reward.
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