Although action movies aren’t typically my cup of tea, I recently decided to sit down with my kids and watch a classic, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
There’s a memorable scene in the film where Indy comes to the edge of a cliff and needs to reach the other side where there’s a grail containing the power to save his dying father. Time is running out though. He knows that he needs to quickly get across the ravine but he sees no “visible” way to do it. Indy then remembers he has a guidebook, a book in which he finds and reads the words, "It's a leap of faith."
Now, at first, Indy has no idea what these words mean. But then, after just a short while, he thinks he might understand what this message is trying to tell him, what it’s instructing him to do.
Indy courageously decides to take a “leap of faith” and steps out into the empty ravine where his feet “magically” find solid ground. He then continues blindly making his away across the wide chasm and keeps on finding more and more solid ground until he finally reaches the life-saving grail on the other side.
I realized soon after I watched this scene that this was how we should be living as Christians. (I now realize that I am not the first person ever to come up with this idea, but that’s okay!) However, the way I’d always lived my life Christian looked nothing like this. The Christian path I’d grown up walking on was paved with certainty and comfort. I rarely took any chances and always had to be super confident about my next step before moving forward. I wanted to make sure I knew what was going to happen next before I went first.
I am learning that this is not the kind of life God has called me to live, called us to live. We know how much God loves us and how much He’s already done for us so we know He can be trusted. We can have faith in Him and know that He will never leave us. He will never let us fall.
We can live courageously and be willing to take chances. When we know and trust that God is calling us to do something, we can boldly move forward and do it - even if we can’t clearly see what lies ahead - because we know that God will be there with us!