Lessons from a Zip Line

This past month I had the amazing opportunity to go to Challenge Camp,ShorelineChurch’s camp for children in 1st through 6th grades. It was my first time, and it was such a joy to see my kids loving God, loving His love for them, and enjoying the people he’d placed around them.

As I was readying to leave to get back toAustinI walked over to the Zip Line area to tell my son, Brendan, good-bye. As I got closer to the zip line I looked up at it and I thought, “That looks like fun!” I asked Brendan to go with me, we got harnessed up, and together we climbed up the stairs… and we climbed… and we climbed! It was much higher than I thought it would be, and I had a moment where I paused and wondered, “What have I gotten myself into?” I looked at the cables, at the harness and the connections – pondering whether or not they would fail me. I looked at the distance to the pole across the field. I have to admit, I had a moment of fear!

As if reading my thoughts, Brendan looked at me and said, “You are not going to chicken out on me, are you mom?” There was no way I was letting him down, so I said, “No, I can do this.”

We were given the green light, and together we slipped of the ledge. I felt the adrenaline rush. I screamed like a girl. I also felt a rush of life and joy, and I was so thankful that I had not let fear hold me back.

I have had that same sensation in other areas of my life, that feeling of stepping off the ledge that comes during real life “step of faith” moments. I’ve experienced it when I’ve opened my heart up to new relationships, and when I have chosen to forgive and love people who have hurt me. I felt it the first time we joined a small group, then again when we stepped out to lead one, and further down the road when we were asked to direct Shoreline West.  

In all of these areas, I have had to take that leap of faith and trust God not to let me fail or fall just as it says in Isaiah 43:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Just as those cables and harnesses upheld me on the zip line, God has been faithful to uphold me as well.

Perhaps God is asking you to step out, to step off the ledge and take that leap of faith. If so, go for it! And trust him to carry you, strengthen you, guide you, and never let you fall.


Copyright © 2011 by Amy O’Donnell. All Rights Reserved


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