Since today is my daughter Kelly’s birthday, I’m going to tell a Kelly story.
We were at a summer camp in South Carolina and my young boys were all harnessed in and jumping off a zip-line that soared over a lake.
Little Kelly and I (I think she was around 4 or 5 years old) were sitting on a dock and had a great view of her brothers speeding by in the air.
I looked at Kelly and asked her if she wanted to try the zip-line. A look of fear came over her face and she said, “Papa don’t tease me. I’m too small.”
I let her know it was okay and that she didn’t have to do it if she wasn’t comfortable.
After watching her brothers take several turns she shocked me and said, “Papa, if you climb up there with me I’ll do it.”
“That’s my girl,” I said and we raced over to the zip-line.
I asked the man in charge if by chance they had a harness and helmet her size and he said they did.
We got Kelly all secure and ready to go. I was standing behind her with my arms around her way up in the air on the take-off deck. I asked her if she was ready, and before I was ready for her to go emotionally, I got a little nervous way up there, she leapt out of my arms and zipped across the lake.
When she got to the other side and stood up, she turned around and yelled loud enough for everyone around the lake to hear her, ” I WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!” There were loud cheers for Kelly from staff and campers around the lake!
And so she did it again.
When I got to the chapel to speak that night, the youth pastor stopped me just outside and said, “Hey Brett, I saw your daughter jump today.” I said, Oh yeah, wasn’t that great!” He said, “Yes indeed but you missed something.” I said, “What did I miss?”
Then he said something I hope to never forget. He said, “You were standing behind her and I was on the dock and you didn’t see her face. It had one thing written all over it before she jumped.” I said, “Oh yeah, what did it say?”
He said, “It was written all over her face, I TRUST MY DAD.”
Dear readers, Is God asking you today to take a leap of faith? Your Heavenly Father is trustworthy. Trust Him because if He is the one asking you to jump, He will be with you every step of the way.
May it be said of us, we have one look written all over our faces. “I trust my Dad”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
Happy birthday Half Pint! I love you so much.
This story and many more like it about Trusting God can be found in my book Stories From A Life.