Monday, February 28, 2011

Parachute Please



"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)


I have never been sky diving but today I'm thinking it might be an exhilarating experience -- especially once the parachute opens and I begin to glide through the air toward earth. What made me think about this?


I had a conversation with my daughter the other night about something when the comment was made: "You're taking me to the top of the building to throw me off, aren't you?"

I considered her words and wondered, How often do I do that? I raise my hopes and expectations, get excited over a potential 'good' thing that is headed toward me, and then worry most of the way that I'll get to the pinnacle of excitement and free-fall to my death, or at the very least, utter disappointment.


When God says in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you . . . thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope," He wasn't luring us into the airplane to push us out and dash us to the ground with our hopes. NO. He was strapping a parachute onto our backs and offering us the most exhilarating ride of our lives. It probably won't look at all the way we picture it but what will we care once we see the whole picture.


So let Him secure it in place and hang on. He guarantees we won't regret one minute of it.

19 comments:

  1. Oh Wow! Parachuting never applealed to me, but now that you put it in this perspective, I can see how exhilerating it might be.

    Yes, why worry and fret over things in life? Hang on and enjoy the ride!

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  2. I suppose a best friend would push you out and jump right out behind you, huh? both of you giggling all the way?

    I'm in Jeremiah right now in my reading and am loving it so I'm partial to all verses from there;)

    Kars, since I've known you - you've done exactly what you've written here. You've taken amazing leaps of faith and you've grown in amazing ways because of it. I'm so proud to call you a friend!

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  3. I'm also studying Jeremiah in Precept now, Laury. No matter what we face here, the parachute ride is coming and it's going to be an incredible ride. So thankful for the hope we have in Jesus Christ. Thanks you for the beautiful picture, Karlene.

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  4. I've been skydiving (five jumps), and it is exhilarating! So why do I do exactly what you described about worrying away potentially "good" things? Thanks, Karlene for giving me a new thought to dwell on in those times.

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  5. This is a SUPER analogy, and one I needed to hear today. Great stuff, girl!

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  6. I can relate. In fact, last night, stuggling with some injustices, I almost forgot the blessing by allowing myself to be overwhelmed by the negatives.

    Life and ministry are a parachute ride–you can either be paralyzed or enjoy it. Since God is the One guiding the chute, it makes really good sense to enjoy the ride with that confidence that the landing will be just fine.

    Thanks.

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  7. What a great post! I have never sky-dived...it seems kind of scary! I love when you said, "He wasn't luring us into the airplane to push us out and dash us to the ground with our hopes. NO. He was strapping a parachute onto our backs and offering us the most exhilarating ride of our lives." Have a great day!

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  8. Seeing the bigger picture! What a thought as we struggle down here with our limited vision...wonderful analogy and encouragement to just Trust the Lord, for He knows the plans He has for us!!!

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  9. Best of all "chutes" - the Jesus chute, although I must say the thought of sky diving leaves me shaking. We get to hike in the mountains with our feet firmly on the ground - loving that!

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  10. Inspiration at it's greatest! And I SO needed to hear this!!

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  11. Whether with a chute or firmly on the ground, we are always safe with Him leading the way.
    I've never gone ski-diving as fear has prevented me, but lately I've been more keen to do things I've never considered before.

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  12. And yes, Laury, your BEST friend might just jump with you.

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  13. Oh wow. "He was strapping a parachute onto our backs and offering us the most exhilarating ride of our lives. It probably won't look at all the way we picture it but what will we care once we see the whole picture." WoWoW.

    LOVED this, Karls.
    Makes me consider sky diving even more. =]

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  14. Me too, Peej. I almost want to experience it just to have more of an idea what I'm talking about. lol.

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  15. I've always thought about parachuting but haven't actually done it.

    I'm reading your analogy a little backwards though :) I'm thinking about the conversation you had and thinking- how many times have I been so convinced that God was asking me to do just that- jump off a building w/ no chute? And like you, God isn't asking for that- and certainly wouldn't send us off unprepared.

    I find myself aware of how often I expect the least from God lately. Thank you for reminding me of this verse, and of the grand love behind it.

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  16. I've felt that way too. It's a trust issue, I know. The fact that He intends to do good and bless us beyond our wildest imaginations is difficult to grasp. BUT, He's working on that with me. Some day. . .

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  17. Great analogy. Makes me think about the eagle. Eagles love to soar, at least once they learn to appreciace it. I read where baby eagles are fairly content in their nest and the mother eagle actually has to push the babies out of the nest so they'll learn to fly.

    Looks like I need to buy a parachute.

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