Just Jump

"But the Lord said to me, 'Do not say, "I am only a youth"; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord'" Jeremiah 1:7-8.

My chubby, blonde, blue-eyed niece jumped off the side of the pool into the water to be swooped up by her mama a second later. At nearly 2 years old, our little Allison Rose is as brave as can be. I sat on the steps of the pool while she splashed me, laughing, and I was transported back about 24 years. I played on those same steps when I was her age, in this same old pool, in this same small town. I remember my family standing in the water, like we are now, letting me “swim” from person to person like a big girl, just like we hand off Allison into each other’s arms this hot summer afternoon. 

Now, if I didn’t know how to swim, I wouldn’t be nearly as trusting. You can bet I wouldn’t laugh as I jumped off the side of safety and into a freezing cold, potentially disastrous situation that I didn’t know how to get out of on my own. That’s exactly where I’m at in life. Your 20’s can tend to be a constant state of in-between, but right now, I feel like I need to jump off the ledge of safety and into an uncertain future. And, as cheesy as it sounds, God is waiting there with open arms to catch me. 

Father, you won’t let me drown. Give me the courage to step out and go into unknown territory.


Sarah Witmer