Apparently my theme for the week is “jump”.
If we attend church together, you are probably thinking “umm, yes, well..see that has actually been the series title for a few weeks now. Perhaps paying attention on Sundays would be a great goal?”
Hey! I listen. I take notes. Sometimes I take in all of the words, and sure, sometimes God takes me on tangents and gives me a few side notes.
But I do know that Jump! has been the title for the month!
However, this week I also had it come up in a discussion on Monday.
A book on Tuesday.
A speech I heard tonight.
I guess God was not happy with my lack of attention to this word.
Sometimes He can be the God of repetition, am I right??
But usually only when I am being the girl of hard headedness.
Sometimes it takes a few tries for me to pick up whats been laid down.
Here is the long and the short of it..
I hear people say, teach, and write a lot about how you have to jump, to trust, in order to live and live abundantly.
And I get it.
But I don’t like to jump.
I don’t even like to deviate from my same exact daily route on my drive home from work, let alone be all brave and adventure-y with my whole life!
Have you ever seen the lovely pictures on Facebook and Twitter, and on greeting cards, the ones like this:
What IS this??
Of all the stupid…I can’t even…for the love of all that is safe and not stupid..get down!!
What if you fall?
You are tipped backwards like a Barbie doll off the balcony of her Dreamhouse! There is no “if”!
There is only certain falling and certainly no flying.
Because, you? Cliffhanger Barbie? You are not a bird.
(Ok. I feel better now)
Still, as I thought about it tonight I faced the problem of realizing I do not like to take risk, so how can I jump to do the big stuff when God calls?
And then I realized something else..do you see what I did above? My mind was all mixed up!
I somehow interchanged two very different words..jump and fall.
God has not asked us to fall, God has asked us to jump.
What a difference this makes.
The difference between the two words? Fear.
Let me give you actual definitions..
(of a person) lose one’s balance and collapse.
(of a person) move suddenly and quickly in a specified way.
Friends, I’m just saying..maybe we fear because we mix up these words?
God has big plans to include us in everyday when we trust and jump TO Him. Jump – very specifically to a very specified direction – the direction of love and security.
Falling is generally what happens when I try to control my whole life, to arrange it in a way that feels safe and protected. Generally in a way that doesn’t require any trust in Gods plans and provisions. And I generally fall.
Off balance and collapsing.
It’s the good word.
Jumping up and authentically yours,
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he JUMPED to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?”Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.