When all we see is the gorge . . .
In Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade, the last test requires Indy to stand at the edge of a gorge and walk by faith. He peers over the edge at the cavernous depths, closes his eyes and steps out into what appears to be nothingness. Suddenly, the path appears, he breathes a sigh of relief, and walks confidently across to successfully find the coveted Holy Grail.
If it were us, would we have the courage to take that step? Would we trust God in hard times? Or, would we stand on the edge fretting and complaining? Maybe we would brainstorm—looking for footholds, tree branches, ropes, anything—to get us across to the promised treasure on our own efforts, suffering countless injuries along the way.
Has God promised you something and seemingly insurmountable odds stand in your way? Is God asking you to take a step that doesn’t make sense and scares you to death?
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deut. 31:8
When everything is gone . . .
Recently, someone stole my friend’s computer. All her contracts, documents, records, and work since the inception of her business lived on that computer. Her back-up was stolen also. She grieved over the loss of so much. Why did God allow this to happen? She had poured her passion, knowledge, creativity, and resources into her business. On top of that, all the jewelry that represented significant events in her life–high school graduation, birthdays, wedding, anniversaries–gone. She told me that the loss left her with a hole, as if part of her had been stolen, too. We sat there for awhile in silence and she shared that she heard God speak to her through the loss. What he said scared her because he offered her her heart’s desire but required a great deal of courage and to trust God in hard times.
She said to me, “I know that he is faithful and trustworthy. But it’s still hard.”
Following Jesus is sometimes hard. Sometimes, he leads us to a gorge. Or a desert. Or a storm. But he never lets go.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. John 10: 27-30 (emphasis mine)
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Jesus never lets go
A couple of weeks later, she and I were at a women’s retreat with our church. We both climbed on to the bus to go ziplining. Her face glowed with excitement. “This is my first time ziplining!”
“Oh?” I asked.
“I’m a little afraid of heights, too,” she whispered in my ear and smiled nervously.
I smiled back and patted her arm.
When we arrived at the platform, she took several deep breaths as we suited up. I watched her climb the steps eagerly. She took her spot in line and soon, they hooked her to the line. She sat at the edge and hesitated a moment. Will she do it? Or, will she freak out?
Then, she stepped off the edge and zoomed across.
When she got back, I asked her about it. Beaming, she said, “I just thought of God’s hand holding me the entire time. I knew that he would never let go. I just closed my eyes and kept thinking about that.”