Learning To Trust
Years ago, I was hanging out with my co-workers, and enjoying the basic conversation most of us have on Monday mornings: “So, what did you do over the weekend?”
My friends couldn’t contain themselves, “WE WENT SKYDIVING!!!” they shouted! Their excitement hit like a tidal wave as they clamored for the videotape of their dive (yes, I said tape….). “Sit down and watch this! You gotta see this!!” my friends gushed.
So there I sat, watching this video of people falling out of an airplane at God only knows how high- and then it started: My palms were soaked with sweat within seconds. My breath was short. I was scared to death. And it wasn’t even me jumping out of that airplane!!
It’s true- I’ve had an extreme fear of heights for as long as I can remember.
Where Angles Come To Land
However, something interesting happened just the other weekend when my wife and I were in Zion National Park.
There’s an amazing hike there called Angels Landing, but everyone I spoke to said it was the last place you wanted to go if you have a fear of heights. They even shared with me that at least one person dies on this hike every year. Gee, thanks!!
In an effort to get my confidence up, I dove into some internet research. Bad idea! One of the videos I came across on YouTube just about threw me into a tailspin, resulting in the same reaction I had years ago while watching my friends skydiving.
I was sick to my stomach just watching the video.
I truly didn’t know if I could get to the top of this hike. I was having serious doubts and was afraid I would get to a certain height and then just freeze!
The Power of Prayer
However, God had other plans. Through prayer, meditation, and positive self-talk, I began to remind myself that I have tremendous balance and agility. It’s true- I can walk along street curbs like a cat, and rarely fall off. My legs are strong and have good endurance. So, I wasn’t battling a physical deficiency- I was battling a trust issue.
Let me clarify. My self-talk went something like this: “Hold on here; I’m fit, I have good endurance, and I have good balance. I have no doubt in my feet down here in the parking lot, so why should I doubt my feet up there on the mountain? They’re the same feet!! I can trust my feet!!!”
And that became my meditation and mantra for the ascent:
“I can trust my feet….I can trust my feet.”
Three hours later, we made it to the top!! What an awesome experience and what a blessing- I took each step with confidence and without fear. I shattered through my fear of heights!
Stretch Grow Become
We all have random doubts from time to time- that’s normal. But what we do with those thoughts and fears is a matter of conscious choice. Are we buying into our perceived inadequacies, or are we trusting in the strengths and gifts we know we possess?
When I get in these uncertain spaces, I practice an exercise I call “Knowings Over Feelings”, meaning that when I center myself and get clear, I place my permanent “knowings” over my temporary feelings. Does that make sense?
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