Since I was 16 years old I have wanted to go skydiving. Whenever this would come up people would chuckle. Why? Because I am incredibly scared of heights. Try to get me on a ladder, forget it! But for some reason, for years this has been a dream.
Last week was my 2 year anniversary of my greatest adventure so far. My anniversary of God creating within me a spirit of adventure and joy and peace. For most of my life I was filled with anxiety and worry and fear. Over the past year God has been challenging those very things and replacing them with strength, courage and delight. Some of you may remember that last year I took a Trapeze class because God told me to. God wanted to teach me that although I may be afraid at moments, those fears should not dictate what I do and do not do in my life.
Well do to this growth and new found love of adventure I snatched up a Groupon to go skydiving and this past Saturday I went on my own and did it. Skydiving was the most amazing experience I have had thus far in my life. There was no fear but only joy and extreme delight. We jumped at 2 miles above the earth. The air was rushing past as we free fell from the plane and my only thought was how awe-filled those very moments were. The rush of the air. The beauty of the earth below me and the ability to experience such delight was beyond comprehension.
I giggled and giggled and giggled some more.
And then when the parachute was opened and we were gliding through the air – to be able to take in the beauty of creation. From Cape Cod all the way to Boston with all the trees, lakes, houses and streams in between was breathtaking.
I wish that I could aptly explain what those moments did to me. It freed me. It refreshed me. It energized me. And it hooked me.
NEVER again will I let fear hold me back. Why? Because if I had let fear stop me from sky diving I would have allowed the enemy to steal the joy and delight that I felt.
He would have stolen a part of my identity. But, in trusting God and facing my fear, I was released and empowered and refreshed.
I haven’t felt this at peace in a while and I can’t help but wonder if it has something to do with another aspect of who I was created to be, being released. Sitting here and remembering not just the experience but what God was breathing into me in those moments brings me to tears. Tears of joy and delight and love. To know that God created those types of moments for each of us at creation when He said, “it is good.” Oh how that breathes refreshing straight into my soul.
If you have a dream that seems impossible due to fear, insecurity or lies spoken to you – don’t let that stop you. Choose the truth of God and be released to be who you are.
And, if you want to skydive? Do it. Run, don’t walk and experience something that only God could have created. Oh, and if you want… feel free to pay for me to jump again ;)
Until next time… enjoy these pictures!
Now go, make adventures of your own! <3