Taking a plunge of faith
Last year, I went to my city to spend Christmas with my family and some of the OM girls. One of the activities that we had planned for the weekend was to do river rafting at Río Trancura in Pucón, and we were very excited about it.
The day came, and we took the bus to the river; there, we learnt how to use our paddles, and how to behave if we fell, among other important things.
Then we started the adventure! Passing through every rapid was so much fun, but suddenly, a big rapid could be seen at the end and the guide asked us to leave the boat. We weren’t able to go through the rapid by boat; instead, we had to jump from approximately 5 meters to the water.
I stepped up to the edge of the rock first. I looked down and took a step back, fear gripping me.
My brother jumped, but I looked again and realized I couldn´t see how deep it was, so I got more scared and kept looking down and asking the guide ridiculous questions like:
Are you sure this is safe?
Does the river have the appropriate depth?
Am I going to be taken by the river?
But he just said, “Don’t think about it much. Just trust and jump.” The Bible tells us, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11.1
When I think about faithful people, I imagine people like my brother. He just trusted the guide that knows the river and jumped without doubting, while I was trying to analyse the situation and every possible thing that would be not under my control.
This makes me think about my own faith with God. Do I trust Him and jump into what He is asking from me? Am I able to make a jump of faith, trusting Him without seeing what is on the other side? Or am I the kind of person that needs to know everything before making a decision?
In the Bible, wehave many examples of faithful people, like Paul in jail trusting God that something good would come from that hard situation or Moses guiding the Jews trough the dessert for so long.
And we also have examples of others that failed in this task, like Peter walking over the water. At the beginning, he trusted, but as soon as he looked down, he sank. But the Lord says that if we want to be a follower of Him, we have to live by faith:
“For we live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Chorinthians 5:7
In the end, I jumped and felt good with myself, but I still have this sensation that I could have trusted that nothing would happen and just enjoyed the fall.
The same thing happens when we face big decisionslike changing jobs, serving God in missions, getting married, moving to a different place, etc. If God talks to us, we should not doubt but jump and also enjoy the moment when you are falling and feel that nothing bad will happen to us.
Let´s pray that we can develop in our hearts this faith that has no doubt. The one that listens to the voice of God and jumps into the river blindfolded, having the certainty that we will fall on safe water because He is taking care of us.