Faith and Indiana Jones

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. …                                                     Hebrews 11

Do you remember the movies of Indiana Jones? Raiders of the Lost Ark; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Of course you do! There are a number of culturally iconic movies and movie genres that we all (or almost all of us) can relate to because they made an impact on popular culture.

I have used a scene from this movie genre at various times with clients to discuss the idea of a leap of faith. The scene is when Indiana Jones, in The Last Crusade is nearing the place of a steep canyon divide. He is on the cliff, and he must get to the other side to rescue his dying father. The bridge would not be visible until one actually took a step of faith onto the bridge that they could not see. Only then would it become visible.

With great fear and trepidation, Indy took that step in order to save his father. The bridge appeared when he stepped into the abyss.

Sometimes, my clients are facing what appears to be an impossible abyss. We talk through the situation, the decisions, the options, then I may add the above analogy. Sometimes, the answer does not appear until we take the first step of faith. Yes, it is scary, even terrifying. But having taken the step, what wonders may appear!

It is so hard to step into the unknown. We certainly need to have information and wisdom before taking the step, but at some point, we just have to take the step.

Do you have a difficult decision about a step that you are considering?

Prayer: Lord, give us wisdom and courage as we take steps into the unknown, Amen.

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