Today’s one word daily prompt on WordPress is “Jump.” For some reason this one stuck out to me. I remember being young and going to friends houses and all of us wanting to pile on the trampoline. The problem is that depending on the size, you could only have so many kids on at one time for weight limits and safety. We would have to split up into pairs and only got so much time before it was someone else’s turn. Someone would always ending up sitting down and all of us in line would yell, “Jump or get off the trampoline!” They were wasting valuable jumping time!
I got to thinking, how often do we miss the view because we are avoiding getting too close to the cliff? How often are we too afraid of the depths or the frigid water? How often are we afraid of messing up the rhythm so we don’t even pick up the jump rope?
How often do we do that to God?
We hear him tell us to go somewhere or do something, but we don’t jump at the opportunity to follow his direction.
He intimately whispers truths in our ear and we don’t jump for joy, but instead listen to Satan yelling lies at us.
We know that he is calling for us to jump all in, yet we only want to dip our toes and see if the water is warm.
He is saying, “Get up. Get to work. Share the gospel,” but we have sat down in the middle of the war zone and are letting valuable time disappear in front of us.
Many times in my childhood trampolines would have no safety net and now it’s practically required. Life is like a trampoline and God is our safety net. He never asks us to take a jump somewhere that he is not. He never asks something of us without the promise of him being our protector when we jump really high or fall because of a double bounce. He never asks us to jump in a bold fashion without us knowing that his goodness covers the rejection we face from the world. Even though he will call us out of our comfort zone and into uncharted waters, no zone or water is untouched by God.
We are missing out on our full potential in God because of the fear that a jump is too bold.
All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud! -Ephesians 3:11-13 (MSG)
In what way is God calling you to jump today?