Devotional – Monday, July 27, 2020

A few years ago, two of our children gave us a trip to Las Vegas for Christmas. They, along with their spouses, went with us.

I had not been to Las Vegas before, so started looking online for things to do. I wanted to visit the Stratosphere Tower and have dinner at the revolving restaurant at the top, so we made reservations.

There were three rides on top of the tower that my children wanted to ride, but you couldn’t have paid me to ride those heart-stopping rides!

Then, I saw the SkyJump! You leap off the top of the tower in a harness attached to a cable that descends 829 feet, at speeds up to 40 m.p.h.! I mean, c’mon! That, I wanted to do!! I was so excited and couldn’t wait for the SkyJump!

When we arrived at the Stratosphere, typical of kids at any age, my adult children had me hold all their things so they could go ride those three insane rides that I refused to do.

While I waited for them to finish, so that I could take my turn, I stood on the observation deck and watched others attempt the SkyJump. As they walked out on the edge of the tower, I couldn’t help but think, this is the essential leap of faith. Some of the jumpers just walked right off the edge without even thinking about it. They were all in! Others hesitated and stopped at the edge, looking down, and I’m sure questioned their own sanity. I wondered which I would choose when it came to my turn.

True faith cannot see how the landing will occur … it simply believes that it will occur.

I have seen many people tremble as they stand at the edge of an important decision that could change their life. Even when all other options are gone, I have seen them hesitate to act. On several occasions, I have done the same thing.

God desires and blesses leaps of faith. He is glorified in those who trust in Him. Are you willing to take a leap of faith? Are you willing to trust God on something, sight unseen?

Sometimes a leap of faith doesn’t have to be a big leap at all. It often starts with a tiny step — a simple “lean” of faith. It involves letting go of what is comfortable and trusting God.

Make sure your leap is a worthy one, then lean forward until you can’t turn back.

May we all be fearless for Christ. Let us all take a leap of faith and resist reluctance for what God is calling us to do to serve his Kingdom.

My kids returned from their rides just in time for our dinner reservations, so my jump would have to wait. Then, as if by design (by my children, who I believe didn’t want me to jump), dinner lasted longer than expected. Afterward, we had just enough time to Uber back for the Cirque du Soleil show that we already had tickets for. There was no time for my jump.

Needless to say, I was very disappointed. But, while standing on the observation deck hours earlier, I thought about my own spiritual leap of faith. I truly wasn’t thinking about the actual jump. At that moment, for me, it became a time of reflection about our Heavenly Father who is always there to catch us when we fall. Who knew that the SkyJump would turn into a God thing!

Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Offered by Pam Comeaux

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