The High Dive


Summer time means swim time at our house.  We love all things water and try to get as much of it as possible.  These summer days have me think about jumping off the high dive.  What joy when we make that jump and come up from the water with a smile on our face!  Sometimes, we are fearless and climb right up that ladder, walk the plank and jump.  Other times, we nervously climb up and hesitate at the top or sometimes we climb right back down and sit on the side of the pool and watch everyone else jump….

I think our trust in God is a lot like a high dive.  For me, there are times that I fully trust God’s plan and I do not hesitate to jump.  Other times, I timidly climb the ladder and stand at the edge with shaky legs looking at the water and fearfully step off. Sadly, there are times that I am too afraid to even climb up the ladder.  I want to stay on the ground and watch where I think I can control the situation and stay safe.  

It seems a little crazy that there have been so many times in my life that I fully trust,  but a new season will come and it feels like I’m paralyzed.  I start to believe that the ladder is higher or the pool isn’t as deep, even though I have made that jump before.  I will over analyze and question God and wonder if I can really trust him.  Sometimes we forget how many times we have jumped and landed safely in the water, and we fear that this time will be different. 

Trust can be scary, but God asks us to trust him.  Above all else, we must trust even when we cannot see.  I ultimately want to have peace in my life, and we cannot have peace if we misplace our trust.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”

Where are you in your walk to trust God? Are you climbing the high dive or sitting and watching others?  

In what area is God asking you to jump?

Do you have peace? If not, where are you not trusting God?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that I can trust you.  Thank you for always loving me and being faithful. Please help me to fully trust you and your plans even when I cannot see what is ahead.  Help my faith and give me peace during this season.  In Jesus name, Amen.


Terri McWilliams is a girl that has been chased down by the Lord and loves him with all her heart.  She and her husband Ted have three children, Taylor, Ethan and Lily and have been members of the River for 17 years.  Terri volunteers with Collision Student Ministry and is an accountant at Tennessee Tech University. 

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