The Divine Parachute
"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him" (Psalm 28:7).
Skydiving is a very exciting sport, not a death wish or a form of attempted suicide. The skydiver is not crazy, but a person who knows that his parachute is well-made and reliable and deployable in an instant upon pulling the cord. But the ultimate statement of confidence is stepping off the plane with nothing to break your fall but the parachute. Gravity is a fearful thing, and can drive you insane with fear without a parachute. But with a parachute, the free falling becomes thrilling, not terrorizing.
God's Word is our well-made parachute folded between the covers of one book, and instantly deployable in prayer! Our lives can be in a state of free fall, where problems seem to be hurtling us to a speedy crash. But God says to us, "Don't panic. Pull the ripcord of faith and you'll float down on my promise." Only then can we actually enjoy the ride! The Old Testament prophet, Habakkuk, and leaped a few times into the unknown void himself. Notice how he describes being in a state of free fall in chapter 3, verse 17.
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls."
In the next verse he lays the hand of faith upon the ripcord of prayer, which deploys the parachute of promise. "Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation" (v.18).
Are you free-falling? Then remember, faith in the divine parachute ends in a safe landing.