Anytime my dreams start to frighten me, I go back to this day. I DID NOT want to join my cousins in this bungee jumping insanity! I was in Ecuador visiting my family and my cousins took me to Baños, Ecuador.
I was good with the white water rafting, ziplining over the beautiful but rugged land & dirt biking up the rocky mountainside… But bungee jumping? I couldn’t see the fun in voluntarily jumping off of a bridge over a rapid river and rough terrain, albeit breathtakingly gorgeous. An eyeful of God’s creations to be admired and appreciated… But not to bungee jump over! I wouldn’t do it. I couldn’t. Nope. Never. Not me. I’ll just watch. And one by one, my cousins took their leaps of faith so graciously.
I was so impressed with them and already feeling regretful for not participating, but I just couldn’t muster up the courage to jump. And then there was one more cousin left to jump and she froze with fear after already being strapped in and standing on her mark, overlooking the scary-beautiful scene. She wanted to back down, she had changed her mind, and there was a lot of pressure on her to just jump. So to alleviate her, I offered to be her courage. If I could do it after my resistance, then surely she could do it! I took a moment to come to terms with my greatest fear: the rope snapping on me and falling to my death. I told myself, “at least if I die, my last scenery will be this remarkable vision of being enveloped in nature’s beauty. Still nervous, I got strapped in & got on my mark. In that moment, I took a deep breath and let all my thoughts go. For the first time in my life (to this day), my mind was silenced. I closed my eyes, took a deeeeep breath and filled my lungs with as much air as I could gather (I wanted to really enjoy it in case it was my last breath) & I took a HUGE leap of faith. When I opened my eyes… I was looking at the most divine sight, and I was flying! I didn’t even feel my safety belts, I was free.
Words can’t do it justice so I won’t even attempt to describe it. But it was a vision and a feeling I would’ve never seen, felt or understood had I listened to my fears. Oftentimes, jumping into the unknown is the only way to achieve greatness. Serve, breathe, pray, jump.