Why did I give in?
Some years ago, my friends and I walked on the soft sand in the Cabo San Lucas beaches.
She elbowed me. “You’re going with us. C’mon, parasailing will be fun.”
I frowned. “You’re nuts. I’m not doing that,” I said. “Going up in the air with nothing underneath me? Ain’t happening.”
“You’ll love it.” She shook my arm and her voice grew with excitement. “C’mon where’s your sense of adventure?”
My sense of adventure was at home in Orlando, where it belonged–safe and secure.
With her nudging, a little tiny part of me said, “Why not…what could happen?”
I gave a long sigh. “All right, I’ll go.”
Once I was strapped in, the man placed my hands on the leather bands. “Hold on tight.”
Slowly, we were lifted up in the air and the wind lifted my hair. My friend giggled, oohed and aahed. Then she said, “Whatever you do, don’t fool with the metal hook.”
Ah! The hook. The one latch that connected the seat to the parachute. Should that hook come undone, or should I somehow open it and let the strap loose, I’d plop 30 feet into the Pacific Ocean and turn into an afternoon snack for the sharks below.
Crazy experience. But crazier is the fact that we’re also dangling above the tension of life. Almost daily we’re threatened by the teeth of anxiety that could devour our peace and bite into our confidence.
Knowing that, we should never, never undo the hook that connects us to the One who keeps us afloat. The One who sustains us above the fangs of adversity. The One who holds us beyond the reach of despair.
And when we’re safely connected to His power, we’re secure and protected from any and all dangers, threats or evil that hovers about. Nothing can touch us for “He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-18 NIV).
In Him all things hold together. What relief, what freedom! Not in our efforts, our performance, our image, or our crazy ways. None of that holds our life together. It’s only the connection with Him who has the power to lift us above problems, struggles, and daily battles that can keep us secure and safe.
What are you connected to these days?
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