Our third grade class was treated to a memorable and very special tour of our local fire station. We were allowed to climb aboard the massive hook and ladder, slide down the fireman’s pole, and hold a fire hose that was spraying water. We were enthralled to be entrusted with such great responsibilities.
At the end of the tour, the Captain of the station smiled and shouted, “Who wants to volunteer for a special surprise?”
For some reason, all my youthful inhibitions melted away and I jumped up, raised my hand, and boldly declared, “I’ll do it!” Two of the firefighters escorted me to the safety net, the trampoline-like device that firefighters used to catch people that needed to jump to safety from a burning building. “Don’t be scared!” the Captain attempted to reassure me. “I’m not!” I answered, oblivious to what was about to happen.
For about thirty seconds, the firefighters repeatedly bounced me for what seemed to be minutes. I had no idea how high I bounced but my teacher later told me it was at least 15 feet. The irony is that I am terrified of heights and had I known what was about to happen, I may not have been so eager to volunteer. It was the firefighters’ welcoming attitude and willingness to allow me to enter their exclusive domain that encouraged me to trust them with the unknown. In spite of my fears, I trusted that they would not allow me to be harmed. Isn’t this how God cares for His children?
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Psalms 56:3-4 (ESV)
I already had great respect for the firefighters before that encounter which further served to strengthen my admiration and trust for them. God does the same for all who place their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Every encounter with the unknown is another opportunity to see His promises fulfilled and to further trust Him to protect and guide us through life’s uncertainties.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.