I am not a fan of heights. I don’t like them at all, so when I was given the opportunity to bungee jump off Victoria Falls it was pretty easy for me to give a confident and solid no.
The pastor I was working for at the time took me aside and gave a short to the point speech about facing our fears and then said, “Jessika, 1. It’ll be a good story and 2. You won’t die”
I jumped off that cliff that day, albeit while shaking and crying (as you can see above). Literal tears were coming out of my eyes until the moment that cord hit its furthest length and catapulted me out into the most stunning view of one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. I love waterfalls and yet my fear almost kept me from experiencing a unique view at some of the greatest water falls in the world.
I learned something from that pastor that I still take into consideration to this day. In fact, I credit him for some of the best decisions I’ve made that I didn’t know how to make on my own. Fear will rob you of the most fulfilling and stunning things in life. It will bind you up and delay you walking in the highest level of your assignments. Fear is a thief.
I could take you through several other “defining moments” when I knew I had a decision to either choose fear or faith. It wasn’t always easy, sometimes fear was screaming loud right in front of my face with circumstances that were absolutely life threatening, but that day at Victoria Falls I made a decision that affected all future decisions, I refuse to bow down to fear in my life.
Philippians 1:28 “and do not be frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign of their destruction”
This verse tells us that when you choose to trust God in moments that are scary you actually signal to the enemy how powerless he really is.
I’ve actually come to appreciate these moments where the temptation to choose fear is great because I know that I can dig in deep to who God is and choose faith over fear. I know that in these circumstances I have a unique opportunity to give the enemy a little reminder that his days are numbered and also I get to say to God, “I trust you,” not just with my words, but with my actions.
Trust has a way of silencing fear.
We’re all on this journey of trust which is one of my absolute favorite things about our relationship with God! We’ll talk about it in the next blog.