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The Trust Fall

The Trust Fall |

We called it the Faith Course.  Every summer, I’d hop on a bus to chaperone another group of girls from our youth group at summer camp. They played big ball volleyball on the sand court and wrestled over a greased watermelon in the lake. Those adventurous girls got bruised, but they never gave up. The last event of the weekend was the Faith Course. Each team would run together to overcome a series of perilous obstacles including scaling a ginormous wall and crawling through a dark, dirty tunnel.

The last obstacle was the Trust Fall.

The girls would take turns climbing up the ladder of the tall playground slide, and then they’d cross their hands over their chest as a youth worker placed a blindfold securely over their eyes. The rest of the girls stood at the foot of the ladder with arms locked forming a net to catch the brave girl at the top.

The object of the challenge was to fully trust your teammates. You had to fall back into their safe arms.  Some girls required a little coaxing to participate.  So, I would stand on the sidelines and cheer them on with a big smile on my face. “Go ahead, you can do this! We’ve got you.”

I must confess in all those years, I never climbed the ladder myself though.

I always stood on the sidelines and watched.

The thought of falling backward blindly terrified me.

When I started studying these two verses in Proverbs 3, I discovered that in the original Hebrew the word “trust” here is a picture of a servant lying helpless and facedown waiting for direction from the master….

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I was at the DMV when I realized times had changed. I could not make out the teeny tiny letters on the bottom line of the eye exam chart. I’d always had perfect vision, so I grumbled quite a bit when my husband drove me to the optometrist office a few weeks later.

The young eye doctor dilated my pupils and crouched down to take a deep look into the back of my eye. “Are you experiencing any headaches?” she asked.

She seemed surprised when I said no. Then, she left the room, and another doctor with gray hair and more years of experience marched in with a concerned look on his face. He picked up a lens, shined a bright light right at my baby blues, and spent what seemed like an eternity making an assessment.

“Are you experiencing any headaches?” he asked. Apparently, my super-sized optic nerve was waving a big red flag of alarm. I ended up visiting two other doctor’s offices that same day – including a neurologist.

The neurologist ordered a spinal tap. One week later, I donned a hospital robe and waited in a cold, sterile room for a doctor to insert a needle into my vertebrae.

I don’t like needles of any kind. To help calm my nerves and quiet my racing thoughts, I brought along a dozen or so yellowing 3 x 5 cards with Scriptures on them. I quietly rehearsed the verses over and over again as I waited:

  • “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7, NKJV).
  • “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
  • “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You” (Jeremiah 32:17).
  • “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).

As I flipped through the cards, the doctor walked in to begin the procedure. “Are you studying for a test?”

“Yes, I guess I am sort of studying for a test.” I smiled in reply. I explained to the doctor the sacred words scrawled in my sloppy handwriting on these cards reminded me that my God was in control of today’s procedure.

That day, I unexpectedly let my little light shine in a doctor’s office. This season of life has provided many more obstacles that have transformed into opportunities to shine brightly for my Savior.

Rather than become a recluse filled with regret, choose to use each moment of your today to radiate. Redeem every moment. Matthew 5 reminds us: “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven” (vs. 14-16, MSG).

Open up the doors and let the light shine on, sisters.



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