Wednesday was Manda and my anniversary. To celebrate, we went on a hot air balloon ride. It was really amazing, and I would definitely recommend that you go if you get the chance. It was incredibly serene and totally mesmerizing to be floating silently 3,700 feet in the air above the city and look down to see the river, the landscape, the buildings, the roads, the mountains, the cars, the people, the birds, everything. We watched the sun rise over the mountain, and it was just so cool. It was one of those moments in the week that was beautiful, like I talked about last week.
As we were floating in the sky, dropping down to do a “Splash n’ Dash” in the Rio Grande, grazing the tops of trees and navigating to land on a golf course (while people were playing golf) I was thinking about the fact that we were totally and completely trusting our lives in the hands of an absolute stranger. We had met our pilot roughly two minutes before we got into a van with him and let him drive us across town, and about 30 minutes before we climbed into a gondola that was lifted into the sky through a giant envelope filled with hot air, trusting this man to navigate the winds and the balloon controls and propane burners to give us an enjoyable, and more importantly, safe, experience. We had no idea who this man was, but we trusted him with our lives in multiple ways. Now, granted, we had no reason not to trust him, and there were plenty of incentives for him to be sure that everything was safe. His life and livelihood were also at stake. Still, there was never even the slightest thought of caution or hesitation when it came to trusting him.
This got me thinking about our relationship with God.
In Deuteronomy 31 we see:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
And again in Matthew 10: “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
We have a God who loves us infinitely and who has, not only promised to protect us and be with us, but has proven time and time again that He can be trusted and that He is vested in us. He has shown over and over that that the safest hands that we can be in are His.
My Daily Devotional on Wednesday went along with this as well. Some of what it said, “Start there to develop that eternal relationship with the God you can trust to catch you when you fall or when you jump, yelling ‘God here I come!’” “…knowing He will be there to make sure everything turns out okay.”
Every day we put our lives in the hands of a million different people, whether they are Balloon Pilots, Airplane Pilots, Uber Drivers, Doctors, Pharmacists, Cooks, Grubhub Deliverers, Construction Workers, Manufacturing/Processing Employees, Other Drivers, Entertainment Venue Operators, etc… Our God is so much more worthy of our complete faith and trust. Do we trust Him in the same way? For some of you, maybe you do, absolutely. For some of you, maybe you don’t, you’re hesitant and scared. If you surrender to God is He really going to take care of you? Is your life really safe in His hands? I imagine that for most of us it goes back and forth between fear and faith, but if we can trust stagers with our lives we can most definitely trust our Father, God, with everything.
So trust Him today. Step out on the water and see what God will do when you place your life in His hands without holding anything back. I promise, because He promises, that He will be there.
— Scott Downing