Described as an “advanced-level adventure,” the tower experience begins with a 377-foot long zip line high above the treetops finishing at the 65-foot high Drop Tower. Once you complete the zip line there is only one way down – you have to step off a wooden platform into thin air where you will embark on a 65-foot free-fall. You are of course attached to a bungee cord type contraption and the risk level seemed low – especially as I watched people of all ages, shapes and sizes take what seemed like a major leap of faith.
Suddenly, I was seized by an intense desire to do this – I was praying about some major decisions in my life, ones that would require a leap of faith. Looking my fear in the face and jumping off a sky-high ledge seemed like the perfect metaphorical way to step into God’s next plan for my life. Only one problem – I was unprepared. I did not have the requisite wristband needed to take the plunge. To get one, I’d have to make the 20 minute hike back to the main building, which was closing in 30 minutes. Disappointed, I continued to watch as others whooped and hollered their way off the ledge as I remained on the sidelines. That decision to sit it out became a major regret of the trip.
Two weeks later, I drove to work prepared to make what seemed like a safe and sensible decision. One I had discussed with my husband and had sought the Lord’s wisdom for. I was at peace with my choice until I pulled into the parking lot and suddenly, I knew with certainty that I would not take the safe and predictable path. My heart raced with exhilaration and something close to joy as I saw myself jumping off that ledge after all. When I walked into my boss’s office an hour later, I turned down the promotion everyone was sure I would accept, and instead, turned in my resignation.
Today is the first full day of my new adventure as a self-employed risk taker. I am walking on air without a net – and loving every step – no regrets.
When have you taken a leap of faith?