The day before I graduated college, I went with a group of friends to go skydiving. With a trained professional strapped to my back, I did the 13,000 foot plunge with a mix of nerves and accomplishment. For some reason, I went back a year later for a second go around.
These memories came back last week when Luke Aikins completed a skydive of 25,000 feet with no parachute. Instead, he jumped and landed in a large net. I don’t have that kind of adventurous spirit, but it got me thinking.
Why are people drawn to daredevil things like skydiving?
I think it is the desire to show our independence and challenging our comfort zone.
Independence is a character trait that is becoming more valued in our society as people strive to make their mark, be on their own and prove their worth.
While developing this trait is part of the growth from adolescence to young adult and throughout the rest of our lives, it can overshadow the call to fully rely on God. This call to not lean on our own abilities is seen throughout scripture:
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
John 15:4-5: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
We aren’t called to follow God with a parachute or net as a backup. We are called to follow God with Him and Him alone as our insurance. How often do we actually do that? What does it look like when it happens?
Please share your stories of how you fully trusted in God and the outcome of those situations.Doug Benton