Sometimes you just have to step out into thin air!
God desires to take you places – beyond what you have known. And the only way to get there is for you to believe in Him, in spite of any obstacles. You just have to step out!
Solomon said, “When you go, your way shall be opened up before you step by step.” (Prov. 4:12 free translation) The Amplified Classic says, “When you walk, your steps shall not be hampered [your path will be clear and open].”
Such a scene takes place at the end of the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indiana Jones/Indy (Harrison Ford) or Junior, as his father calls him, and his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. (Sean Connery) are on a quest for the Holy Grail, the chalice of Christ, believed to contain healing power and everlasting life.
They have made it to the carved, cliff-side temple (Petra) where they believe the Holy Grail has been hidden. As the Professor has been shot and lies on the temple floor dying, Indy must make it through the challenges, grab the chalice, fill it with holy water, and get back with it to save his father’s life.
But Indy must make it through the coded challenges written in the Professor’s journal…
*Challenge one: the Breath of God: Only the penitent man will pass.
*Challenge two: the Word of God: Only in the footsteps of God will he proceed.
*Challenge three: the Path of God: Only in the leap from the lion’s head will he prove his worth.
Indy makes it through the first two and now stands on a ledge within the rock tunnels of the temple. He’s in a small opening in the rock, just big enough to squeeze through. Beyond him is a great abyss, a 100 foot drop and a great distance across to a rough, stony cliff wall on the other side. He can see nowhere to cross.
Indy looks down into his father’s diary of the challenges and agonizes over what it is asking him to do. Standing on the ledge, he ponders how to span the great chasm, repeating the instructions, “Only in the leap from the lion’s head will he prove his worth.” Looking around, he notices a lion’s head inscribed into the rock above his head.
Flashing back to the Professor, as he lies dying, he calls out to his son, “You must believe, boy. You must…believe.”
Indy realizes, “It’s… a leap of faith. Oh, God.”
Even though he is petrified he will fall to his death, he slowly raises one foot and cautiously steps out into thin air…
…only to be surprised that a bridge has appeared under his foot. Totally relieved, he safely passes to the other side.
I’ve always loved that part of the movie. It so reminds me that only when we step out in faith into the unknown, to cross some great abyss, does God place His solid Rock-bridge beneath our feet.
Henry Clay Trumbull once said, “The Lord never builds a bridge of faith except under the feet of the faith-filled traveler. If He builds the bridge a rod ahead, it would not be a bridge of faith. That which is of sight is not of faith.”
Think about that. No, it’s never easy. But just remember, any frightening Indy-circumstance can be bridged, for it has already been given to you. Christ is your bridge.
We are in danger of missing God’s best for our lives when we focus on natural circumstances that fill us with doubt and fear rather than the certainty of the unseen.
Though the way may be scary, believe and take that leap of faith. You can do it. Just trust in the Bridge before you.
Blessings of faith-leaping…Lynn