Today was Jack's first day at the skate park. I was not there to witness the momentous occasion as I had taken some Mum only time, and left Don and the boys up to their devices. (truthfully looking at the pictures was enough to make me nervous).
I love that boys (and men) crave adventure. I love that even though they are afraid they are willing to throw it all on the line and give it a go. Courage comes in many different forms. Many times courage is a gift that grows. I think of Gideon, I think of Joshua, I think of Moses, I think of Simon Peter and all of them have one thing in common-they were fearful in the beginning. They lacked courage but they trusted God, and when you trust God, he gives you courage that can't be measured by earthly measures.
All of the courageous men mentioned above stood at the tip of a precipice like Jack below. They all questioned themselves.
'Can I do this?'
God says 'No, you can't. But I can if you trust me.
They took a leap of faith, trusting in someone bigger than themselves and took the plunge. It was thrilling, terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time and they watched God keep his promises to them again and again.
They fell down, made mistakes and disappointed God, but he forgave them and restored them, putting them back on their feet.