Recently I was playing in the band for a Promise Keepers (Christian Men’s) event in my home city of Calgary. One of the videos they showed at the event was of a man jumping off a cliff with a flying suit on. One of the guys in the band remarked that he would like to do that! Personally, I think that is crazy!
Having said that, I’ve got to say that I have always had a bit of a daredevil streak in me. When I was 19 years old, I went parachuting with a bunch of guys in South Africa. There’s nothing like standing at the door of an airplane at 3000 feet and having a guy hit you on the back and say ‘go’ to get your adrenaline going! I ended up doing five jumps in my short skydiving career. All very memorable and thrilling. I highly recommend it!
Later on bungee jumping became popular. One of the top places in the world to jump is a bridge that was especially built in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada. Nanaimo was only a short ferry ride from my home in Vancouver so I decided to jump with my buddy Steve.
After watching a few jumpers from a distance, I realized that bungee jumping over a river is fairly safe… the worse-case-scenario is the line breaking (which I thought would probably happen at the bottom of your dive) and then you would do a swam dive into the river below. So I signed up and did a backwards dive off the 150 foot bridge. I loved it!
After the initial dive, the best part is the multiple bounces back up and down. You get to have some weightless encounters as you come to the top of the upwards bounce and then head back down again. I probably bounced up and down at least 10 times. What a great experience!
I have used that worse-case-scenario logic a number of times in my life. God has often asked me to do things outside of my comfort zone. He seems to enjoy doing that! The logical part of my brain often wants to do the ‘worse case-best case scenario’ before I take the leap. But, I have learned that simply trusting God to guide you is the best way to go.
God knows me better than I know myself. He knows the beginning and ending of each adventure that He sends me on. My job is just to hang on, do my best, trust Him, and enjoy the ride!