I went skydiving for the first time in June 2013. While standing on the edge with the wind beating my face and looking at the ground below, the tandem jump instructor asked me if I was ready to jump. "What am I doing", I thought to myself. I was "ready" when my feet were planted on the ground but now I feel some extreme hesitation as I stood one step away from free falling to the ground where I once stood. Am I really ready to take the first step?
As I embark on this new journey that God has set before me, I reflect on this first step that I will have to take. This particular step carries a lot of weight. It is a very small step but it is a defining one. It is less about my readiness and more about my willingness.
Like the instructor, God made sure that I had the proper equipment on and that it was working properly. The instructor made sure that I knew the instructions prior to me taking that step. He packed the parachute himself (thank God!). He also made sure that I was latched on to him. God does the same. He gives us instructions, equips us for the task ahead and does His part to keep us connected to Him.
As I reflect back to the jump, the instructor was asking me the wrong question. He should have asked me if I was willing to jump instead of asking me if I was ready to jump. He was the one that needed to be ready because I was latched to him and he was leading me to safety. However, I had to be willing:
- Willing to follow the instructions given to me
- Willing to trust in his ability
- Willing to go when the time arrived
- Willing to do my part
When God is ready, we need to be willing. We need to listen to His instructions, trust in Him completely, believe that His timing is always right and carry out the work that we need to do. God has given us everything we need to accomplish what He has set out for us to do. Are you willing to take that first step?
*By the way, I was willing to take the first step in skydiving :)