You’ve heard of BASE jumping. The word BASE stands for Bridges, Antennas, Spans, and Earth. It’s when you strap a parachute to your back and jump off a very tall man-made structure or perhaps a very high cliff or ledge. It is essentially sky-diving without the airplane.
There are 3 things you need to know about BASE jumping.
Number one, it’s almost always illegal. People who jump off of bridges and buildings and cliffs usually have to plot and scheme as to how they’re going to get into position without getting caught. Many times they get into position under the cover of darkness and then jump just when the sun comes up. Then, of course, they have a getaway vehicle waiting to whisk them away before the authorities can catch up with them.
Number two, BASE jumping is extremely dangerous. Many people have died doing this sort of thing.
And number three, BASE jumping is addictive. I’m told that when a person makes one of these jumps and lives to tell about it, he will almost always try again. They say the adrenaline rush you get when you do this is more powerful than you could get from any drug.
I think I’ll pass on BASE jumping. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’m totally against flying leaps. I believe that in the Christian life there are times when it’s essential that we be willing to take a flying leap of faith. In fact, if you look at the greatest heroes of the Bible, you’ll see that the one thing they all had in common is that they took leaps of faith.
Noah took a leap of faith when he began building a great big boat in his back yard, even though he didn’t live anywhere near a large body of water. (Genesis 6:11-22)
Abraham took a leap of faith when he packed up everything he owned and set out on a journey to a destination God hadn’t even revealed. (Genesis 12:1-4)
Moses took a leap of faith when he led the children of Israel to the banks of the Red Sea, knowing full well that they would be trapped and that they would die there at the hands of the Egyptians unless those waters parted and provided them with a way of escape. (Exodus 14:1-4)
David took a leap of faith when he picked up a handful of rocks and walked out to do battle with one of the most fearsome warriors the world has ever known. (1 Samuel 17)
Peter took a leap of faith one stormy night when he accepted our Lord’s invitation to step out of his boat and walk on the water. (Matthew 14:22-33)
Could it be that you have reached a point in your life where you need to make a leap of faith? Has the road you’ve been following led you to a cliff, a dead-end, or some kind of obstacle or problem that looks insurmountable? Could it be that you’ve looked around for an answer or a way out that looks safe and makes sense, but haven’t found one?
History shows that God does his best work in the lives of people who have run out of their own ideas and decided just to trust him, no matter what seemingly crazy thing he might be asking them to do.