When I awoke this morning, my attention was arrested after reading an insightfully posted text. It resonated on an very deep level, as I have been asking myself the very same question for some time now.

It read: “They say one has to first jump for their parachute to open. I get that. But what do you do when you don’t know what it is you want to do?”

The insightfulness of that statement jarred me further awake. It’s as if my mind had been an open book over the past few weeks.

So, given the context of this query, should you jump anyway, prior to acquiring a definitive answer? A primary goal of jumping with a parachute strapped on, is to ensure the chute opens from a predetermined safe altitude. Where you land is just as important as how you land. If your initial landing point is unknown prior to (or even after) jumping, your plan of action is always the same; a safe, controlled landing.

One needs to continually assess the surroundings (wind direction, speed, rate of descent etc.), to ensure proper information is acquired prior to reaching your point of landing. All this in an effort to determine how best to prepare for whatever terrain is rising up to meet you.

There is another important thing to note, but one less easily embraced. The fact is, while you are descending, you have the opportunity to take in the view from your current (albeit rapidly changing) vantage point. Maybe the revelation, or realization of where your landing zone is located, requires information gathered during the (sometimes uncertain and yes, risky) journey toward it.

So if a decision or a level of understanding is missing, as to what you want to do or where you want to go, maybe we first need to develop the courage to move, initiate, or jump in the first place.

In short this encapsulates what it means to take a step of faith. To be perfectly honest, not only does it offer encouragement, but at the same time, it inspires me to hope; even in elusive and unexpected places.

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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