Waiting on a Ladder
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to wait on a ladder for three hours? I bet you have never thought about it. I never had, until about 3 weeks ago. I was trying a youth group to go on a mission trip this coming summer. In our training at YMI we stretch teams in three ways. The first is in there relationship with God. We want them to see how they need to trust God more and how to articulate what they believe and why it is so awesome. The second is in cultural awareness. We want teams to become learners of culture so that they can share the gospel in culturally sensitive ways while using cultural touch points to open up doors. The final area is in team building. We develop team to act like a team and to look out for each others needs. Often times the biggest testimony of a missions team or of a youth group is how they interact with each other.
So at this training we were doing a team building activity called the trust fall. This is where they climb up five feet on a ladder and fall backwards into the arms of there team. It can be very unnerving but it helps develop a sense of trust in your team which is essential in working together at all. I have seen literally hundreds of people fall and never anyone get dropped or hurt. I have seen girls cry and take an hour but in the end everyone falls. It is hard to let go of control and trust your team. But it is a good object lesson for the team and for every individual as well. Well this girl was having a hard time falling. And it was amazing at the resolve not to fall she had. She said she wanted to, but when it came down to it she didn’t want to. She stood up there for three hours while her team stood ready to catch the whole time. Sadly she never fell.
This reminded me of how I treat God many of times. Now I know that the trust fall is not some uber spiritual activity but the attitude is the same. I remember many a time when I simply don’t trust God. I say that I do and have some desire to, but in the end I am not willing to take a step of faith to trust Him. I want control. I want to control the situation but I don’t want let go. This clearly is sin. The author of Hebrews says “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:1) Solomon tells us we need to “Trust in the Lord with ALL are heart and lean not on OUR own understanding, in ALL our ways acknowledge Him and He will make our paths straight.” (Prv 3:5-6) I could go on and on about what God says about trusting Him. But just think about this, will you fall back and trust God to catch you, or will you get caught waiting on the ladder?