What some find entertaining, I often find too stressful to enjoy watching: daredevils. Those reckless, bold, wild people who love to walk a tightrope way too high over a busy street or catapult themselves across canyons or jump long rows of semi-trucks, just for fun, just to prove they can do it. Have you noticed that a single danger isn’t usually enough? “Not only will I jump my motorcycle over these trucks, I’ll do it BLINDFOLDED! And we’re setting all the trucks on FIRE! AND I’ll be holding my tiny, helpless kitten ‘Snuffy’ as I jump across! I SPIT in the face of fear and death!” Did Snuffy get a say in this?? The crowd leans forward on the edge of their seats to watch, holding their breath, loving every minute. The good daredevils are the ones who really can do the amazing feat without getting killed. They love to add challenges and more extreme danger because it shows how skillful they are, how strong, how fearless, how amazing. Accomplishing one insane stunt seems to fuel their passion to try something even harder and more dangerous.
There’s a song by Jars of Clay with these words that almost seem to describe this type of person:
“The ice is thin enough for walkin’
The rope is worn enough to climb
My throat is dry enough for talkin’…
The storm is wild enough for sailing
The bridge is weak enough to cross
This body frail enough for fighting…
Confused enough to know direction
The sun eclipsed enough to shine
Be still enough to finally tremble
And see enough to know I’m blind.”
(Faith Enough, The Essential Jars of Clay)
When others see us following closely behind Jesus they might call us daredevils. The children of God live in a kingdom of paradoxes that seem dangerous and impossible: we are weak to be strong, we let go to gain hold of, we lose our lives to find them, we die to live, we love those who hate, we believe in what we can’t see. The obstacles and difficulties we face just give us the chance to show off the amazing power and love of God. Each act of faith dares the devil to bring it on. We know who we belong to. We know the ability, strength and wisdom of God. We know how good and faithful He is so even the most rickety bridge doesn’t keep us from walking on it, the steepest cliff doesn’t scare us from gingerly making our way along the edge, the surging and rushing of the wildest river doesn’t keep us from stepping in to cross it. In fact, we learn to relish the thrill of not knowing but trusting. Each time we make it across or through it exhilarates us. It fuels our passion and we’re ready to tackle even tougher challenges. We know nothing is impossible for God. Do we abandon ourselves so much in faith and trust that it catches the attention of the world and they can’t help but admit how awesome God is?
You may not want to watch because what I’m attempting to do is dangerous, crazy and definitely beyond my ability. I’m actually starting to enjoy this faith thing. What can I say? I’m a daredevil. I trust God.
“Fearless now, I trust in God.” Psalm 56:11 The Message