Daniel, my 21 month old son, went swimming yesterday in a “beeeeg pooool” for the first time this summer. The child is fearless. He climbed up the steps, ran over to where I was standing, held his finger up 3 times counting, “One, one, one, DOE!” Then he jumped whether I was ready or not. Even though he had on a flotation-style bathing suit and a ring, he still scared me to death every time he jumped in.
I guess because I have a somewhat fearful personality, his boldness presents quite the new learning curve. He is not a “look before you leap” kind of kid; he’s an act now and think about the consequences later personality type. I have always envied people like that. By the time I get the courage to do something, I have already missed it because I spend all of my time overthinking it.
As I watched this fearless child repetitively scare the ever-living-hooey out of me yesterday, I realized that he is confident because he wholeheartedly trusts me. He knows Mama is going to catch him when he jumps. He doesn’t worry, overthink, doubt, or fear; he just trusts and he jumps.
Wouldn’t life be so much easier in our walk with Christ if we would just trust and jump? If we would just trust that Jesus is our security and jump when he prompts our hearts, can you imagine how much simpler life would be? What if starting today, we all just ran up to the side of God’s “beeeeg pooool” of life and started jumping into his arms and trusting that he would catch and guide us where we should go? We will never know what it’s like until we give it a try!
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.” Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG