Jenni stood at the edge of the cliff looking down into the water at her dad and uncle who were both waiting patiently for her to jump. But she was frozen. Try as she might she could not force her body to take that leap of faith and fall to the water below. I think we can all relate to this at some level. Here she was after making the long and very difficult climb up to the jumping spot, and suddenly found herself terrified to let go and trust that she would be okay.
It seems the older we get and the more we experience in life the more difficult it is to have faith and trust that we will experience the best outcome. Life is scary, love is scary, decisions that will change our world are scary. It is easy to find ourselves standing at the cliffs edge looking down at the crystal clear water and the open arms of those who love us – and still fear.
As Charlie Brown the cartoon character once said – “I have developed a new philosophy. I only dread one thing at a time.”
For those who have read Charles M. Shulz’s cartoons and know the personalities he wrote into each character, you will know that Charlie Brown is an insecure lovable guy who is often humiliated and taken advantage of by his peers. Charlie worries about everything and when he doesn’t have anything to worry about, he worries about that. However, Charlie is that guy who, in the face of failure picks himself back up, time and time again and keeps on going.
What does this have to do with real life and real fears? What does this have to do with healing?
It all comes back to trust. For some, everyday living takes a tremendous amount of courage as we commit each day to physical survival. For other’s the battle is fought in our heads with no direction and no clear answers.
But God is waiting with open arms to bring you into His presence and give you the strength you need to face the challenges before you. Romans 8:37 in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. With Christ we can more than just survive, here on earth, God want’s you to thrive! His love and support makes you more than just a conqueror, once we overcome our fears and anxieties, we will see the possibilities are endless.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Yes, our lives are, and will continue to be full of challenges and trials. But Jesus Christ died on the cross in order that you can be set free!
He isn’t a magic bullet that will right all the wrongs in your life, but He is a safe place to jump into. He will catch you – He is ready and waiting.