I don’t know if I want to admit this or not, but I am a fan of The Bachelor. For some reason, I find the women and men’s reactions fascinating. I also find them very self-deceiving, but anyway that’s off topic.
Some of my favorite moments from this season were when Juan Pablo would test the women to see if they trusted him like when he took Claire bungee jumping off the side of a bridge or when he took Nikki rappelling down the side of a cliff. The women were scared (terrified actually), but Juan Pablo took the time to calm their fears.
He would step aside with them and say, “Hey, I understand you are afraid, but do you trust me? I will be right here beside you and holding tight to you.”
He would calm their fears and then amazingly they would trust him and do what he was asking them to do. (I say “amazingly” because I don’t know that I would be able to trust him after just a couple of weeks. If I did any of those things he was asking them, it would have been because I was more afraid of looking scared on TV than because I trusted him.)
Juan Pablo & the women probably don’t realize it, but Juan Pablo painted a lovely picture of how the Lord comforts us when we are afraid.
Take a moment to think about this.
God will ask us to do something and for us it is like looking off the edge of a deep cliff where we can’t see the bottom. He is saying, “Jump!” but all we want to do is stay where we are at.
We are looking around, scared, uncertain, and many times terrified.
But the Lord is standing right there next to us.
He takes us in His arms and says, “Do not be afraid. I am right here with you. Hold on to me and let’s take this leap together.”
Do you take the leap with God? Or do you let fear keep your feet planted where they are?
Many times in my life I have chosen the “safe” route and I have let fear hold me back and keep me from taking that leap.
God has said, “Jump!” and I have said, “No way!”
He leaves the choice up to me, but sometimes I wonder how many blessings that I have missed out on because I didn’t take that leap.
But how do you overcome that fear?
You lean into Christ and let Him hold you.
I’m not saying it is easy. In fact, it is one of the hardest things you and I will ever have to do because it means taking our eyes off of the cliff and off of our fears and focusing on Christ and letting Him carry us forward.
But when Christ is your focus, what do you have to fear?
So place your eyes upon His face and keep them there. Then when He says, “Jump!” you are ready to go and you know that you are not going alone.