A rock wall cliff jutted out and stood 155 feet tall. The little Junior High girl easily climbed to the top with a couple of High School boys following her. She had been there before many times. This was the first time for the two boys.
Looking up 60 feet doesn’t look that tall. But when you look down, well, it looks more like the Empire State Building!
The three reached the top and looked over the edge. I could see the blood run out of the two boys faces and their knees get weak.
The little blond-headed cheerleader stepped up to the edge, stepped off, gravity took over, she pointed her toes down, made her body rigid, held her arms closely to her sides, and entered the lake like a pin-prick.
The two boys swallowed their pride, climbed down to a lower level before jumping.
The little girl is my sister, Jill. The place is Lake Greeson, near Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
My dad and I sat in the ski boat below. We retrieved my sister. We chuckled at the boys’ sudden change in courage and getting showed-up by a little Junior High girl!
To jump from Chimney Rock had been a family tradition for many summers. (See photo) The photo has the namesake rock, shaped like a chimney, but in the background is the big cliff. (Of course it is illegal to climb on it today.)
That big rock is still there today and looks the same as it did 50 years ago. It still calls, “Climb me and jump!” Its a universal cry, whether you would even think of doing it or not!
I can still remember …
- climbing the side of the rock with excitement and anticipation.
- looking over the side from the top and that excitement turning to fear.
- pushing that fear aside and jumping.
- the rush of adrenaline as I hurled quickly to the lake below knowing the depth was over 100 feet.
- the sting of hitting the water.
- returning to the surface of the water and inhaling a breath of fresh air!
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26:4 ESV
God is completely trustworthy! He is like the stability and consistency of a rock! He also calls us take steps of faith and trust Him! What is The Rock calling you to do to obey Him today? Will you jump?
Our Father, we praise you because you are our Rock. We place our trust in You today knowing that it is a trust that will endure forever and forever, because you are our God forever and forever! Help us to obey you today in the little daily things of life. Help us make those little “jumps” of serving someone today that can make an eternal difference in their eternity. Thank-you for the breath of fresh air of faith each time we resurface from an obedient act.