As I stood on the cliff’s edge I heard dangerous waves crashing on the rocks below.
Cliff diving was insane.
It wasn’t an extreme sport; it was a hospital bill. It was also my turn.
After I stopped wondering how many creatures waited beneath the surface to eat me, I dove into the salty depths of the Adriatic Sea.
I was eighteen, clueless, terrified and halfway around the world. It was my first mission trip and cliff diving was a symbolic end to the whole experience.
Rather than spend the summer after my graduation sitting on a beach in the Caribbean I chose to follow a call to serve orphans in a country recovering from civil war.
My sheltered, middle class, suburban life hadn’t prepared me for the call.
After all, the closest I had come to an orphan was a Broadway production of Annie.
I had no training, no evangelism skills and war torn devastation was as foreign to me as the language.
It turned out that God didn’t care about any of that. That summer I learned firsthand what God can do with people who leap into obedience.
I rocked abandoned babies, hugged dirty toddlers, taught VBS and went to church camp with teenagers. Some of them heard the good news for the first time, some were comforted by the hands and feet of Christ and some trusted their lives to Him. By the end of the trip all of them had felt the love of God.
It was one of the scariest jumps I ever made, but it was THE jump that changed the whole trajectory of my life. I was forever changed because of it and the impact still affects me today.
Sometimes faith still invites me to alien edges and beckons me to jump.
It may not be off a cliff into a sea, but it might be parenting my toddler with faith rather than popular opinion, forgiving someone I don’t want to forgive or trusting God with my family’s limited financial resources.
Even though these jumps have been into the unknown, unplanned and unfamiliar I have always been caught by the sturdy hands of the all knowing, all encompassing Almighty.
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