Jump!

An everyday complaint in blogsville is filed somewhere against  ‘Faith is believing in what you know ain’t true,’ a common  short-sighted idea attributed to Mark Twain. This is usually cited to rail against the scriptures, God, and people of faith. An alleged ‘ace in the hole’ of an argument that supposes things not seen cannot be proven.  Of course many hop on this short train trip as it heads off the cliff of reason and reality. Which reminds me.

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A child of two is standing atop a wall, 6 feet off the ground. Her father standing below her says ‘Jump honey.’ Of course she is immediately fearful and shakes her head sideways. She doubts. She never jumped before; she has no evidence, she was never in this place on this wall; she never saw her father below her looking so small and far away. ‘C’mon, I’ll catch you.’ She hopes. Still not convinced in her mind, her father now says: ‘trust me.’

As her little mind gives her pause, the reality of her jumping and falling to the ground soon disappears. Her fear of being dropped is replaced by a greater affection; the fact that her father’s word can be trusted, and therefore, he will not step out-of-the-way and watch her dash her foot against a stone. The clouds in her vision are lifting, and she sees light.

His word is good, and she innately knows it. As she considers jumping, being suspended for a time, she relies on something that is proven, even though she cannot see it.

She has faith, she knows her father will catch her, she knows her brief flight will end well, and while her fear subsides, she is believing in the great unseen and the great ‘unprovable’ before she makes that leap of faith.

Now then, who would find fault with this child like faith? Is it unreasonable of her to think that her father after telling her to trust her and jump…that he would then step aside and watch her break two legs? No, she has every reason TO trust him by faith. It is wired in her mind and she needs no book to prove it.

Who would dare steal her pure delight in her father’s promise? Who would tell her that faith is believing in the absurd? Who would chastise her absolute trust?  And who pray tell, I ask again: WHO will deliver the news: ‘it ain’t true that her father will catch her…………’

A fool maybe…..

She jumps, and the smile on her face as she is wrapped in her father’s arms is unspeakable and full of joy.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the daily fuel of life. A man develops film from a camera that he knows holds an image he cannot see. He goes into the darkroom by faith. But maybe a fool will pretend the image does not exist, and call the camera buff a lunatic… You have faith that the salad in the restaurant was not sprinkled with rat poison.  We know by faith the sun rises in the east.

The child jumps off the wall by faith.

Faith is good. It is God-given. Question remains: where is our faith ultimately resting in? The cook? A man on a playground? The banker? OPEC? Kodak? Or a Father who is above all?

All men pursue their lives on the principle of faith whether they believe it or not, but only the just shall live by faith.  Just ask the little jumper.

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24 Responses to Jump!

  1. sweetly and beautiful put…

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  2. ColorStorm says:

    There is no ‘problem’ with the jumping girl analogy.

    It is hardly a matter of ‘religion,’ but of truth. FAITH is proven. The camera confirms faith, as believing in things unseen. Apparently you missed the greater truth here.

    Jumping out of a window? It seems this post went over your head then.

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    • Arkenaten says:

      My camera work might condemn me, of this I will doff my cap to the more experienced pro. photographers.
      But my camera is a marvel of modern technology, and the only ”faith” I have is that the technicians who built it did a good job.
      Any other shortcomings are my own ignorance of how the machine works.

      You faith runs to unconditional acceptance of ancient text that is so flawed as to be quite dangerous in many cases.
      If we both end up in a life threatening situation five will get you ten you will take medical professionals over prayer any day of the week, thus you demonstrate your hypocrisy. For if you eschew such help freely given you will surely die, prayers unanswered.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Don’t you ever tire of your own stubbornness……….

        I would ask God’s blessing upon the attending physician…………

        And I would tell you to keep your money for a bet you clearly lost.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          Smile
          And no doubt your ”Faith” would assure you that your god intervened and ensured the medical pros did a good job in keeping you alive.

          Ah, yes, the circular argument.
          Odd then, that every other adherent of every other god-based religion no doubt feels similar.

          Their god is the Life Giver. And who are you, my dear leonine friend to dispute such claims?

          Your pithy evidence is derived from a similar source – a book. Nothing more and nothing less. A book that can make no more claims on a divine inspired source than can any other faith based religion.
          You are all in the same leaking metaphorical boat as far as this is concerned I am afraid.

          Yet all gods cannot be equal surely? Even though this plaything of the Almighty might seem little more than an Orwellian Animal Farm.

          So who’s god does the doubter offer up prayers to?

          The eternal conundrum.

          While you try to patch up your faith with a band-aid I will use it to cover a cut – and you can risk infection.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Yep, there are many ‘gods,’ stone ones and all. Nice hat. Ones that can’t bench press a pea. Then there is the One Lord of heaven and earth.

          The leaking boat? Uh, that would have been the Ttitanic built by professionals, as opposed to the pitch clad 450ish ft long ark built by amateur craftsmen.

          I suggest you re-read the post here, as you have taken your self off road.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      No. When the jumpers had no other choice at the Twin Towers………….they no doubt were given grace you could not imagine, in THAT time of need.

      When a man jumps off a bridge thinking he could fly………..he deserves to die for such stupidity.

      But the point of the post was crowned by insanitybytes22 comment. Enjoy that gift.

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  3. Oh, how sweet and perfect, Colorstorm! The child jumping into her Father’s arms, that’s it exactly, scary, but oh so delightful. That is what faith in our heavenly Father is like and He is always there to catch us. What a lovely analogy.

    Above the peanut gallery said, “I doubt very few would jump head first out of a window expecting Yahweh to catch them.” Well, we will all get that opportunity at the end of our lives. You can believe as I do, having seen ample evidence that Christ will catch you in His loving arms. Or not believing. Either way, you’re going out the window.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      And you have framed this in its precise context ms bytes…………..appreciate the ‘solid gold.’

      And after a life of provable trust in the living God, indeed, when that time comes to finally walk through the valley of the shadow of death………….

      there will be grace to help in time of need…………….

      ‘Either way…………’death has a claim on all sinners yes? then again, we can take comfort in He who holds the keys and live well, NOW.. 😉

      ‘Peanuts? It’s so easy, Jimmy Carter would agree with us.

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  6. Tricia says:

    Great analogy ColorStorm equating the little girl jumping in to her father’s arms with faith. I remember doing just that a zillion years ago and let me tell you being able to “see” his outstretched arms made that giant leap any less scary. Hearing and trusting his voice, KNOWING that he would not let me fall was all that was needed.

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  7. Eliza says:

    Thank you Colorstorm for sharing this delightful example of child-like faith. Jesus Christ said in Luke 17 that unless we have child-like faith we will not enter the kingdom of God.

    15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. 18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Luke 18:15-18

    When I read this passage the other day, I thought about the children excited to be with God, cooing and moving their arms and legs in joy. Then I thought about Jesus touching and embracing these dear little ones with His infinite love. Our marvelous Savior says in response to the rebuke of His disciples that unless we receive the kingdom of God, that marvelous infinite love of our Savior we cannot enter the kingdom of God. That is faith, believing Jesus Christ and knowing that He loves us. That He has done all that we have needed for us to know Him and His love. We just need to believe and receive Him, turn from our sin and turn to Him. This contrasts with the last verse of the passage in which the ruler wants to make his way to heaven rather than believing Jesus is the Way. Praise God for His salvation. Amen!

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Hi Eliza-

      It’s hard to argue against child like guileless faith………….so I won’t 😉

      This was very easy to write…………..but not always easy to ‘jump.’

      But the more we remind ourselves of the teachings of scripture, and the promises of God…………..

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  8. boompawolf says:

    Reblogged this on disue.

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