I wasn’t the most smartest kid there was…
When I think of the word “jump” adrenaline starts coursing through my body. I can vividly remember being told to jump on multiple occasions when I definitely should not have. I can also remember telling my friends the same thing.
I have jumped out of moving cars. Me and one of my friends made it a competition. It started at a mere 15 mph and progressed to over 35 mph when my friend Kyle jumped out of my car window and into a ditch.
I have jumped off of houses into swimming pools, onto trampolines, and simply to the ground to hit and roll like a ninja/ parkour runner.
I have attempted to jump on top of things that were too tall because my friends made me believe that I could make it. The result was scraped up shins and elbows.
There was a time when my friends and I were joined to swim. Off next to the swimming pool about 8 feet from the edge was a fire pit that stuck about two feet off the ground.
This from the outside looked like an easy jump. But, there was a catch. From the edge of the pool under the surface of the water sat a ledge that was about a foot and a half wide.
So, to make the leap from the fire pit to the water safely, you would have to clear the 8-foot jump to the edge of the pool and then an extra foot and a half to clear the ledge.
It was scary. Most people chickened out. They were scared that they wouldn’t make it or that they would make it past the edge and scrape their back on the ledge right underneath the water.
But, my two friends and I did it. We made the jump. Despite all common sense telling us not to. Despite the risk of destroying our bodies. And, despite the fact that most people were telling us not to because they had chickened out.
It was a glorious feeling.
Just to clarify, I am not encouraging you to jump out of cars or to do dangerous stuff. I am encouraging you to take jumps of faith.
Taking leaps of faith
I’m sure you have heard this saying before, “just take a leap of faith.” For the sake of this particular blog, I will be referring to it as a jump of faith.
But regardless, what does it mean? How does someone take a jump of faith?
Although the Bible talks about many jumps of faith, I would like to refer to one specifically.
Matthew 14:22-23 talks about Peter’s jump of faith. In this scripture, Peter finds Jesus walking on water. Upon seeing this, he asks Jesus to allow him to come out with Him.
Jesus says come and Peter takes a jump of faith. This was soon diminished by the fact that he doubted and began to sink. Peter immediately cried out to Jesus and there He was to come to the rescue.
A lot of people get caught up on the fact that Peter began to sink.
“Silly Peter, how could you.”
But, I would like to focus the attention on the other disciples that sat faithlessly in the boat who never even attempted to go out onto the water.
I think this lesson teaches us two things:
1) Taking a jump of faith takes a commitment to having just an ounce of courage.
Peter got really excited and just needed Jesus to tell him to come to jump.
In the same way, I just needed an ounce of belief that I was going to make it in order to leap off the fire pit and into the water.
And it is the same for you! All you need is an ounce of courage to jump into faith or into what God is calling you into today.
2) Being successful in the jump of faith requires that we fix our eyes on Jesus.
Had Peter fixed his eyes solely on Jesus rather than his fear and anxiousness he would have walked on water for a long time.
It’s like my personal leap. Although I had the courage to jump, if I didn’t have the physical abilities then I just simply would not have made it.
In the same way. We can have the courage to do anything God wants us to. At that point, we must fully rely on God to see us through.
We must channel all of our focus to Him and trust that he truly will see us through.
When we become anxious or scared, we must remember the promises that He has given us.
Here are a few scriptures that I love and have memorized for times like these:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…”
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
It’s beautiful. We have no reason to fear. God is good, and God is with us.
I’m sure you have noticed it by now, but I have bolded every jump.
That is my challenge for you this week. Muster up just an ounce of courage and jump.
And, when you do, trust in God and remember that He WILL see you through.