A Leap of Faith

leapoffaithWhen the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once [Jesus] spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw how [strong] the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”   Matthew 14:26-31

There is a popular story by Danish Philosopher Soren Kierkegaard of a man trapped on the edge of a cliff.  There is a roaring fire just a few yards away that certainly will reach him in minutes and he will consumed by the flames.

As he looks over the edge, a voice calls out to him, “Jump!”  He glances down, seeing nothing but smoke and darkness and replies, “But, I can’t see you!”

The voice from the bottom of the cliff responds, “Jump, anyway, I can see YOU.”

Do you hear our Lord calling you?  What is Jesus calling you to do that has you on the edge of a personal cliff? Do you believe strongly enough to take a leap of faith?   Do you trust that the Lord will be there to catch you with outstretched arms?

We all face these personal cliffs in our lifetime.  Marriage, a new job, moving to a different town, going back to college, having that dangerous surgery, starting a new business or ministry; all cause us to stop, look over that personal cliff, knowing that a lack of action will cause us to be consumed in the fire of indifference.

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Many times, the fear of the unknown paralyzes us.  Yet, not making a decision IS making a decision not to take the leap.  Remember, you have to leap to begin!

To have faith is to jump even when we cannot see what awaits us.  It’s scary.  The fear of the unknown always is.  But, if we believe that Jesus waits with outstretched arms to catch us, to protect us, and to save us, it becomes a little less scary.

Do you hear God calling you to take a leap of faith?  Do you believe enough to jump?

There is a quote from author Louis E. Boone that “The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”

Come on, take the leap of faith!

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