This week we marked the anniversary of a life-changing decision we made in 2004.
HIM: Trust Me.
US: Oh, Lord, we do! We really do! And, we’re so excited! We can’t wait to dive into this new work You’ve given us to do.
HIM: Do you see that cliff?
US: Yes. Oh, yes, we see that! Should we stay away from that? Does it represent danger?
HIM: I want you to go to the edge.
US: Oh, OK. We do see it, though. We can see it from here.
HIM: Go on.
US: (Holding hands) OK.
HIM: Go closer.
US: (Look questioningly at each other, than to the Lord) Um, we’re pretty close already.
US: (To each other) He was pretty emphatic, huh? We better do it. (Gingerly step closer. To the Lord) We’re going.
HIM: Right to the edge.
US: We won’t fall?
US: Is this close enough?
US: (Inching right to the edge) Are we there? Are we there? OH! Can’t look down. Can’t look down! (To the Lord) Oh, I don’t think we can go any closer, Lord.
HIM: You can stop. You did well.
US: (Greatly relieved) Oh, thank You, Lord. Can we move back now?
US: It’s really kinda scary here.
US: Winds kinda picking up. Can You hear it whistling? Kinda pushes against us.
US: (Nervous laughter) Ha, ha. Wouldn’t want to fall, right? Not before we can get this work done for You, right? Lord? The wind? You can hear it, right?
US: Maybe, He’s trying to teach us something, like, “Being missionaries is like living on the edge.” (To the Lord) Is that is, Lord? Are You trying to teach us this is what it will feel like to walk by faith? Like the end is near?
US: (Reassuringly) Yeah, that’s what’s going on here. Totally getting that lesson out of this: it’s going to be scary—even terrifying—sometimes, but we won’t fall. Right, Lord? We’re lear——
HIM: (Interrupting) Are you ready?
US: Well, um, yeah. We’re here. We’re doing this. We’ve put our house in storage. We’ve moved to the “hood.” We’re doing this. We’re all in, Lord!
US: Um. May we step away from the cliff now?
HIM: Trust Me. It’s easier from there.
US: Easier? What’s easier?
HIM: Go ahead, then.
That’s exactly what it was like! I remember. I remember the moment I realized going to the edge wasn’t enough. It’s not what He was asking. He was asking us to take a flying leap of faith! Not kidding. It was crazy, but we knew we were hearing His voice, and that’s why we jumped.
And, it’s been a free fall ever since! A 13-year-long free fall, yet the Lord has kept us the whole time. Isn’t that remarkable? He’s amazing. We think we’re going to bang against a rock, we think a crash is imminent, but it never happens. Somehow, the Lord keeps us. I mean, the stories we could tell—I suspect some of them would horrify you, but it’s not by our wits and wisdom we are still here. It’s is strictly God, and that blows my mind!
May He alone be glorified!