Just Sit

Just Sit

Earlier this week I was talking to some writer friends about my first zipline experience and the post I wrote for my blog about the lessons God taught me. Thought I’d share a few today.  

In 2015, we were blessed to take part in a mission trip to Belize. Most of our ministering took place in the evenings, leaving some time for sightseeing and fun. On one 90+ degree day, we had a choice–soak in a cool river near a beautiful waterfall . . . or risk your life 100 feet above the jungle floor on a zipline.

I chose the water.

But, as He so often does, God had other plans. 

When we arrived at the spot where the river people would go one way and the crazies the other, I saw the faces of the zipline guides. Only two customers? This is how these men earn a living, and we’d come to bless the Belizean people, right? They began talking about helmets and harnesses and safety. I mean, what could possibly go wrong while you’re flying along a cable suspended 100 feet above the jungle floor?

I looked at my new buddy Erica. She looked at me. Not sure which one of us was nuts enough to say it first–“I will if you will,” but, in spite of the the fact that we were dressed for swimming and not zipping, we got harnessed up.

As we made the climb to the first platform, the thought of that first step-off-into-nothingness moment froze me. I knew I wouldn’t have the courage to do it. Would they push if I asked? 

The guides began demonstrating. “Put your gloves on. Hold onto the cable. We’ll attach your harness to the cable.” Easy enough. I waited for the creepy part. “Now sit.”

What? As it turned out, that’s all you have to do. Hang on. Trust the cables and harnesses. And sit. The moment I did, I was off, zipping over indescribable jungle beauty with ZERO FEAR. It was nothing but a fun, adrenaline-charged rush! 

Then came the run when I didn’t have enough momentum to get all the way across. But they’d told us what to do. Hold on. We’ll come after you. Amazingly, I wasn’t afraid. I drank in the beauty of a waterfall below until one of the guides came after me, hooked my harness to his, and hauled me, hand over hand, to safety. 

I face fear daily–relationship problems, health concerns in our family–and when I do, I want to remind myself: “Just sit.” God’s got this. He put his helmet of salvation on your head. The belt of his truth is the harness that will catch you if you start to fall. Even if it’s scary, focus on the beauty around you. And if you get stuck . . . know beyond the shadow of a doubt he’s coming after you and he’ll pull you back. Hand over nail-scarred hand.

How do you handle fear? Is there an area of your life where God’s saying, “Just sit?”

 

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Becky Melby About Becky Melby

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 43 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at her website or Facebook.

Comments

  1. So easy and so hard! Right now, He is saying “just sit” about retirement security!

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    He’s got this! Never easy though. You’ve had to be trusting God for so much lately. Praying for his perfect timing in all of it.

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  2. Hand over nail-scarred hand. I love the image that statement evokes. Thank you!

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    We are always in those perfect hands, Linda!

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  3. Oh, Becky, I would love the opportunity for an experience like this! I love heights and this sounds like so much fun! I’m disappointed that a chairlift we used to ride as kids in the Adirondacks has been replaced with tram cars. It’s just not the same – at all!

    In addition to enjoying your account of your adventure, I loved your analogy to the way God helps us overcome our fear if we just sit and let Him!

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    Becky Melby Reply:

    Thank you, Patti. You are blessed to not be afraid of heights–you must put ziplining in the jungle on your bucket list!

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