We don’t have to pack a parachute to chase the hopes and dreams He’s placed in our hearts.
Posted in , Apr 12, 2016
I tend to get caught up in the process of life. I’m an analytical sort of person and definitely a planner. With every project, I try to anticipate any possible potholes and pitfalls. I build timelines and set expectations.
This was definitely true when our son was in the military and deployed, and I was anxious for his safety.
I truly believed that I could figure out solutions—in advance—to every possible scenario that might occur. In a lot of ways, I was packing my parachute for those life-moments when I would have to jump into the unknown.
The exhaustive planning was—to my mind—a good thing. The responsible thing to do. A built-in safety net to keep us from crashing and burning if something bad happened.
But they were also a drag on my sanity. Constantly going over every possible scenario wears on the soul. Inevitably, more of my plans tended to dwell on the possible bad outcomes instead of the good ones.
One day I felt a metaphoric tap on the shoulder from the Holy Spirit. He whispered a question into my soul that I’ve never forgotten: Are you skydiving or flying?
You see God is in the business of helping us fly. He’s not interested in skydiving. He has no need of parachutes. Sure there are things we need to do to get ready to fly, but packing a parachute isn’t one of them.
God wants us to fly free, chasing the hopes and dreams He's set into our hearts. His plan doesn't include the encumbrances of safety nets and a parachute. When He's in control, they're just extra baggage that tether us to the ground.
So wherever you are in life today, take a leap of faith. Leave behind the parachute and give flying a try.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. (Ephesians 3:20)