During my time in the Army, I probably jumped out of a perfectly good airplane over 75 times. Different areas, different situations, different times, one constant...fear of the jump. Whether it was the first time or the 75th jump, I always had that moment of fear before the jump.
Jumping out of a plane with a static line parachute isn’t very complicated. You are standing in a plane, with a parachute on your back. Then when the Jumpmaster says go.. all you do is step and fall forward out of the open door of the plane. It is as simple as that. Nothing real complicated about it. You simply take a step and fall. The static line parachute does the rest. Within 4 seconds, you are under the canopy and floating down to the ground.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” - Proverbs 16:9
But just because something is simple doesn’t make it easy. Simple means it isn't complicated, easy means it isn't difficult. There is a big difference. Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most difficult to do.
The difficult part with jumping from a plane is trust....Trust the guy who packed your parachute paid attention to what he was doing. Trust the equipment will function properly. Trust the drop zone was surveyed correctly. Falling from the plane is simple, but taking that first step out the door can be difficult.
“Just because something is simple doesn't make it easy.”
How about in your life? What’s the step? That thing you keep overcomplicating but in reality is as simple as falling forward. Starting that new workout program is simple, but the commitment to do it day in and day out is the difficult part. That bible reading plan you want to start...simple, but the follow through to stay consistent and keep it a priority is difficult. Spending more quality time as a family… simple, but cutting back on work and other activities to make that a reality...difficult.
We all have that thing, or things that in reality are just a simple step or two away, but oftentimes we become paralyzed in fear of the unknown, fear of taking a chance, fear of making a commitment, or fear in changing a pattern. Fear is what makes taking the simple steps in life difficult.
The change you are looking for in your life, your career, your family, your relationship with God could be one simple step away. I didn’t say it was easy, but that step may be the very thing that gets you to your Landing Zone. That step may be the thing God wants to use to help you begin walking in your purpose. It’s just a step, and Proverbs 16:9 reminds us that as complicated as we tend to make each step, God has already established each step we will take. Now it is just up to us to take them. One step at a time.
So here is the question...Why jump out of a perfectly good airplane?
Because battles aren’t won from the seat of an airplane they are won from the ground level. It might be time for you to take that step, make the jump and get in the fight. Gods got you, every step of the way.