“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD.”
Jeremiah 17:7 NASB
It was not on my bucket list of things to do. I was terrified the week before the jump. “I don’t want to die!” I kept telling my husband. However, I found myself willing and somewhat excited to be celebrating a ‘wedding in the air’ to be performed by my chaplain husband. Instead of walking back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony, we’d all be making a tandem skydiving jump and landing on the ground two miles below. Yep, you heard me right. And yep, that’s me in the picture.
Signing your life away is pretty much what you do before making a jump. You peruse through a lengthy contract agreeing that you, and you alone, are responsible for what you are about to do. You can hold no one liable in case something goes wrong. I about chickened out just filling out the paperwork!
I did live through it all, obviously, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. On the other hand, the experience gave me much to think about from a spiritual perspective on the topic of trust.
After signing your life away, you meet a total stranger who coaches you on what is about to take place. You dress in appropriate skydiving paraphernalia, are given instructions on what to do and not do, and head to the plane. Once on board, you are strapped like glue to your instructor. You are so like one that if he moves, you move. Before you have time to think, you’re in the plane doorway, and -BOOM – out you go. No. Turning. Back. Your life is literally in his hands during the jump, and if you have any sense, you will trust him and do what he says.
God IS our trust (see theme verse) and asks us to recklessly surrender our lives to Him (Matthew 10:37-39). He clothes us in His robes of righteousness (Is. 61:10). He instructs and guides us through every experience that comes our way through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). We become as one if we abide in Him and Him with us (John 17:21). God will never leave us or forsake – ever (Heb. 13:5). Our lives are literally in His hands – always – and because He knows what’s best, you should trust and obey all that He says.
Dear ones, you can rest assured that no matter what life throws at you, God has your back. You can fearlessly trust Him to maneuver you through any trial that comes along. Even when you are plummeting out of control, Father has you in His hands. Trust Him. Your life depends on it.
[Digging deeper – Ps. 56:3, 11; Ps. 62:8; Prov. 3:5, 29:25; Isaiah 26:3-4; Daniel 6:23]
Relying on Him,