Taking the Leap and Building Wings on the Way Down
I'm sure a lot of you have heard or read the quote "She took the leap and built her wings on the way down." It's a quote from a book titled "Her" by Kobi Yamada, and for some reason, this quote is supposed to encourage or inspire us.
Even though it served as my Facebook cover photo for approximately two days and graced a prime spot in the middle of my chemistry notes: I don't like it.
It makes no sense to me.
If I ever jumped off something, I would have made a plan to land safely before jumping. And if I ever jumped off of something holding the materials to make something (like wings) to land safely, then I would have built these wings before jumping.
But as many questions as this quote instills in me, it does inspire one thing in me: confidence in what Jesus is doing in my uncertainty.
I've realized that in all my planning and "permanent" ideas, there is still uncertainty. Uncertainty is everywhere. We are living in the midst of uncertainty and the risk of something or someone causing some sort of destruction. We go through our lives seeing people that we'll never see again (on the highway or at the doctor's office, for example) but trusting that they're doing the safe thing.
This girl could only build those wings while she was falling because Jesus was slowing her fall and giving her the instructions for how to build these wings. This girl doesn't throw away her confidence (Hebrews 10:35) because she knows that in darkness, there is always light.
Uncertainty scares me. In fact, the word makes me a little sick because I don't want to think about all the "what ifs" that are to come. We take little or big leaps of faith every day, and whether we know it or not, Jesus is catching us and putting us right where we're supposed to be.
So, from this quote, this is what I have to share with you. Do not throw away your confidence in what you know. We have to hold tight to what we have learned in the light to be able to apply it to the darkness.