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Just Lean Back


About 20 years ago, I went rappelling with George, Howard, Mike and a couple of other guys from our church. I'd never been before, but had always wanted to. George, Howard, and Mike were experienced at rapelling. I figured they would take good care of me. I'll never forget the first time off the cliff edge. Even when you know your harness is in good condition and the rope is strong and the knots are properly tied, and when you trust the guys who set it all up for you, and when you've seen somebody bigger than you go down before you, it takes a lot to lean back and trust that everything is going to work and hold you up.

It would be one thing if you got to step forward off the edge so you could see what's coming up at you, but when rappelling, you stand on the edge and basically sit down off the edge. You just stand there and lean back. It's frightening and exhilarating at the same time. I also think it's a little easier than something like skydiving or bungee jumping because you can lean back against the rope while you're on top and get a little sense that it does hold at least part of your weight. With skydiving or bungee jumping, you jump out and wait and see. I don't think that would work for me.

Right now I'm standing at the edge of a figurative cliff. Very few people will ever know whether I succeed or fail. I know that God has put things together to bring me to this point. He has fitted me with a harness and tied off a good rope. I just need to trust. I need to stand on the edge and sit down on my harness and let God hold me up. I just need to trust. So why am I not doing it? Because it's frightening, of course. I just need to trust. I don't believe I'm going to fall, but I also don't want to risk a fall. I just need to trust. Don't I believe that God will hold me and take care of me? I just need to trust.

Enough of this standing on the edge. Excuse me for a bit while I just lean back!
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