Have you seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Do you remember the tests that Indiana has to pass in order to find the grail? One of those tests is referred to as the 'Path of God'. The clue given states that, "Only in the leap from the lion's head will he prove his worth." The scene is thus - Indiana is running through a tunnel towards the tunnel entrance only to reach the entrance and find that there is nowhere to go. He has reached the edge of a huge precipice. It is wide, and deep, and if he falls he will surely die. However, Indiana knows that he must cross the chasm to find the grail, to achieve his goal.
I feel a kinship with Indiana Jones right now. I feel as though I am standing on the edge of a (metaphorical) void. This last year of leaving graduate school has brought a lot of challenges, but none greater than the challenges I face now. As I prepare to join Cru and work with Penn State Faculty Commons, the ministry to graduate students and professors, everything will change. I'll be leaving my jobs, recruiting ministry partners, spending a great deal of time at home this summer and away from the support network I've spent the last four years building at Penn State. Things will be different, they may be difficult, and nothing is guaranteed.
However, like Indiana, I need to take a leap of faith. Indiana knows he needs to step off of the edge of the gorge, not knowing what will happen, in order to move forward, to reach his goal. It is that moment of the film that's running through my head right now. Putting the importance of his goal before his own fear, he steps off, and suddenly, his foot hits solid ground. The camera angle changes, and we see that there was a path across the chasm all along, hidden from view. That is what leaps of faith in God are like. We step off the edge of whatever we are journeying through, trusting God to make a way for us that we can't yet see. God is faithful to meet us there, supporting us, placing solid ground beneath our feet.
You know that phrase, if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it? As cliche as it sounds, it's incredible true, and it is something I need to keep at the forefront of my mind.
What are the leaps of faith God is asking you to take?
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.