Australian Daredevil Felix Baumgartner recently completed a skydive from space, some 24 miles above the earth. No, I’m not recommending you take something like this on, it might be considered “putting the Lord thy God to the test” but there is something we can learn from this. Imagine the discussion he must have had when this feat first came to mind.
FB: I’m thinking about skydiving.
Friend: Why would any sane person jump from a perfectly good plane?
FB: No I’ve jumped from a plane hundreds of times. I want to skydive from space.
Friend: That’s impossible.
FB: Is it?
Friend: Well first of all there’s no gravity up there.
FB: Not that far up, just the Stratosphere.
Friend: Oh well if it’s just the stratophere…
FB: Oh, shut up.
Friend: Well first of all it would cost a lot of money.
FB: I’ll get sponsors.
Friend: And how will you get up there? I don’t think planes don’t go up that high and even if it did, I doubt you could open it. And a rocket goes way too fast.
FB: I’ll bet I could hitch a ride on a weather balloon, in a pressurized capsule.
Friend: It’s got to be seriously cold up there. You’ll freeze and won’t your body explode from the pressure differences?
FB: I’ll wear a space suit.
Friend: You’ll be going awfully fast.
Friend: You’d probably break the sound barrier.
FB: Even better!
Friend: You’ll be torn apart at that speed.
FB: Hmm, I’ll have to work on that but I’m pretty sure if I can get a suit that will keep me from exploding, I can get something that will keep me in tact.
Fried: What if you pass out and can’t pull the ripcord?
FB: Details, details. It’s not impossible.
Friend: I think you’re crazy…
That’s a completely fictitious conversation of course, but think about the process. Felix Baumgartner wanted to do something that had never been done before. Something most people would consider impossible not to mention insane. Let’s be realistic. There were a lot of things that could have gone wrong and one by one they all had to be addressed, removing as many of the variables as possible, until they had a relative assurance of safety. Lots of work, lots of preparation, lots of money and it all would have gone for naught if he hadn’t jumped.
But he did jump and he did land and he landed alive and well. That one moment in time has changed his life forever.
Brothers and sisters it’s the same process for us. We start off with a dream and a vision to do something God is leading us to do. The risk is probably not nearly as extreme as Baumgartner’s, but there is risk. There are variables to be considered, questions to be answered and work to be done. We can prepare and prepare but eventually we will all stand at the precipice of a leap of faith. You might be standing there right now.
What’s keeping you from jumping?
Here’s a video from the 18 mile test jump.