You wake up forty minutes late. There is no hot water. The weather is cold when it is supposed to be spring. Traffic is ridiculous and you say things you shouldn’t. You have to break abruptly because the people around you are not as good a driver as you. School zones are abundant. You are the only person on the highway who is late and everyone knows it. There is nothing good to listen to. Something takes your mind off the bad morning and then it happens.
The release. You feel better. When we decide not to let our present situation dictate our innermost attitude, things get better. Giving the morning to God fixes things. In the car this morning it did. A total release. I felt better immediately. We talk about it all the time, but to actually do it is such a different experience. A big deal. The moment we surrender our difficulties, is the moment God’s power is made perfect. And we can see that. So, that’s what Paul meant: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
This is the thing: He will still be perfect even if we don’t surrender. We just won’t notice it as much.
People who skydive say that it’s the most freedom a person can experience. You jump out of a plane, and are at the mercy of gravity. All you can do is let go. Release. That release gives people the experience of a lifetime. Everything goes away. It’s only you, the tools you need, and the sky. The scariest part is jumping out. You know what you signed up for, you’ve seen it on TV, and your friends tell you about it. “It’s amazing.” “There’s nothing like it.”
When you make the conscious decision to take a step into air, a step from physical solid to unknown, the real experience begins. Anyone can skydive. When you let go of yourself in the car, in the elevator, on a run, in a movie, you make the jump. There’s nothing but you, the tool you need and the God who created the sky. At that moment, we can actually see and feel the perfection. We can feel the jolt of the parachute. We slow down and notice how much better things get.
Anyone can skydive.