A couple of years ago, my husband, Paul and I took a cruise to Mexico. We had a wonderful time seeing the sights, reconnecting with one another and creating some new memories. One of excursions we decided to join was a Canopy Tour. Not easy for a girl that prefers to have her feet on the ground but for the love of my husband I gave it try.
When we arrived at the site, we were geared up with a harness, hard hat and gloves and after a short safety demonstration we were led to our first "jumping-off" point. The platform itself was only a few feet off the ground. No problem. So, I with the help of my guide I hooked onto the cable strung between the trees and "flew" through the air to the next tree. I now would find myself standing a very small see-through landing about 25 feet in the air. Not too bad. At this point I should really start to feel a little bit uncomfortable with my surroundings but that just wasn't the case. Instead, I felt exhilarated and secure. Ready for more. I think this was due much to the ever present guide who was taking charge of safely clipping my harness from cable to cable and encouraging my progress through the course. Her expertise set my mind at ease and a certain boldness set in as I continued to travel from tree to tree eventually finding myself at a height of 100 feet in the canopy.
Who would have thought that clinging to the side of a 100+ foot tree would turn out to be an wonderful experience but it was just that. Fear of falling should have taken over but instead peace was present. The fearful surroundings melted away replaced by a feeling of security as I trusted the expert. And with that security it allowed me to really enjoy the experience.
Another person we know had a somewhat similar encounter in his life. In Matthew 14, we find an account of a time when Jesus walks across stormy surface of the lake to join his disciples. Not many of us are surprised as Jesus walks on the water. After all, we expect miracles from Him It is only when a follower named Peter steps out of the boat to join him that we begin to wonder. A mere man doing the impossible. What is so special about him? I believe it was his trust in the Lord. As long as Peter's confidence was in Jesus he walked safely across the waves but the moment his security sifted to his environment he began to panic and sink.
In Psalm 28:7 it says,