Sunday, August 15, 2010

Leaping.

Sometimes in life, you have to make a leap of faith.  You work up the courage, a little bit at a time.  You practice on smaller jumps, gaining confidence and building faith momentum as you go along. When you first began, you could never have imagined making the big jump. But then, one day, it's time.  The leap of your life awaits.  You aren't fully sure you've got it in you, yet.  You have no idea if you'll actually make it out okay.  Only one way to find out, so you wiggle your toes up close to the edge.  You peer out into the distance and wonder for a split second, "What if I fail?"  You quickly squash that thought as the wind whips around you.  You're already here, and it's too late to back down now.  People are watching, crowds are gathering.  Cheering.  Laughing.  Wondering if you're crazy.  Heck, you've wondered that for years... You take a deep breath, mumble a quick prayer and squeeze your eyes shut.
You bend your knees a little and with one big swing that fully engages every muscle in your body, you push yourself up, over, and out.  For one brief, glorious second, you're free falling.  The air hits your face, and the smell of victory wraps around you like a living, breathing thing for that moment.  All sounds are muted, and you can only hear the beating of your own heart.


And that's when it hits you.  There is no safety net with a leap of this magnitude.  And you know what? There never was. 

Panic.  Then faith.  Sheer panic.  Faith.  Which one will win out, the panic or the faith?

Will you survive? Can you swim?

But... what if none of that really matters, because someone catches you, mid-fall?

"Though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." Psalm 37:24

Read the continuing story of my journey, here.

16 comments:

Stylestance said...

Lovely! Thanks for this, I needed it :)

Deanna said...

Wow, Sash. Seriously. I haven't responded to your email a while back because life has been pretty crazy around here lately. Read my blog recently? Turns out we are in a very similar boat. Or should I say cliff?
Love you friend.

janenes said...

Just what I needed to read. I think I held my breath the entire length of the post. . .

edie said...

I gots chills.

Dandy said...

Jump! :)

Trac~ said...

Awesome post - can't wait to read more! Thanks for sharing! :o)

The Flying Bee said...

Sasha...I am sitting here in tears! Thank you once again. This couldn't have come at a more perfect time for what is happening in my life at this very moment. I am so thankful that the Lord led me to your blog all those months ago. You are a blessing to me!

xo,
Adrienne

Adrain said...

I am thankful there are no style points. Great post.

Jules said...

You have me in such suspense.....

paige said...

ok....waiting for the sequel....you have me in total suspense

great post girlie

Patty said...

That was beautifully said!

Heather said...

Great post girl, I can't wait to hear more!! Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth @ Southern Comfort said...

You just spoke to my heart. Thank you for this amazing post. God always catches his children. Thank you for leaping with me.
xoxo

Farmgirl Paints said...

I missed this one. Love the images and it is bold faith to dream and go for it with out any net or light for the way. Faith is being brave for sure.

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