Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Four Ways For A Christian Writer To Win A Publishing Package HERE



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Devotionals PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
Cliff Diving and Discipleship
by Brenda Kern 
03/01/04
For Sale
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





Cliff Diving and Discipleship

My heart skipped a beat, literally. I felt my heart falter, then right itself again, for the only time in my recollection.

It was January 1984, and I was privileged to witness the cliff diving spectacle in Acapulco, Mexico in person. You might have seen this event on television, as I had in my childhood. It's been aired many times on various sports programs. This sounds cliché, but I can vouch for this truth in this case: you don't really GET the full thrill of it unless you're seeing it with your own eyes. The inlet where they dive is tiny and extremely narrow, and many aspects of it fool the eye, especially the eye of a viewer like me-I don't have great "spacial sense" anyway. It seems like a jump too far out will cause the diver to crash into the opposite side's rock wall, while a leap that doesn't gain enough distance from the edge will send the diver to his death against the rocks below on his own side of the V-shaped crag.

The divers climb barefoot up the cliff opposite the audience, a handhold at a time, then they make a show of praying at a small shrine atop the cliff, and then the wait begins---a long period of walking, stretching, testing the wind, and building up the suspense.

Finally, the first diver made his leap---a beautiful swan dive, and one of those rare elasticized moments occurred. Time stretched itself out, and he seemed suspended, impossibly frozen in mid-air, and my heart did its thing. I thought he had made an error that would prove to be fatal---a jump too far, or not far enough. I thought he might possibly not shred himself on either cliff face, but the rocks below would claim his life, or the water surface impact would... And I felt that odd mixture of feelings---sorry that he was going to die, wincing at what it was going to look like, but mildly excited to be an eyewitness to an event that would "make the news."

My heart's so-far ceaseless drudgery began again, time creaked back into its rhythm, and the diver obeyed the laws of gravity, arcing down into the water. And he popped back up, smilingly waving at the crowds, just seconds later. No ugly catastrophe, no tragedy!

That evening I couldn't sleep, as my mind kept tugging at a by-then familiar personal debate of mine. Whenever I've witnessed acts we would now categorize as "extreme sports," like skydiving, bungee jumping, etc., I've always wondered some things: Who thinks up this stuff? How many died before the first successful participant? (Successful, in this instance, meaning, "lived to tell about it.") How, exactly, does the world move from "Don't jump out of a plane, you'll die" to "Jump out of a plane---it's great!" in one day?

The answer is: you can now jump out of a plane (or off a cliff or a bridge) and live through it, even enjoy it, because someone else did it BEFORE you. Someone showed you the way---all you have to do is follow the example of the instructor, remember your training, and use the equipment provided, equipment that has been perfected for this very purpose through trial and unfortunate error.

Is an analogy between cliff diving and discipleship crystallizing for you by now? We can be disciples and live through it, even enjoy it, because Someone did it before us---Someone showed us the way. In fact, He referred to Himself as "The Way, the Truth, and the Life." When in doubt, follow the example of the Instructor, remember your training (the earliest Sunday School lesson you can remember all the way through to last night's Bible study), and use the equipment provided, which is God's word, prayer, encouragement from other parts of the Body, . . .

You'll live.

Abundantly, even.

And it's great!

Brenda Kern
February 25, 2004




If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Brenda Kern  or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 541 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date




TRUST JESUS TODAY














Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com