A series of events led me into a state of utter fear, when I shook uncontrollably for 16 hours. I felt as though I was standing at the edge of a cliff in darkness, with nowhere to go, and no hope. That night as I trembled in fear, I shouted under my breath, “Jesus, I need you. If you are real, I want proof.”
Sometime later in my bed, in my mind, a nephew of mine asked me “Is Jesus real?” To which I answered him spontaneously and without thought: “I don’t know, and I will never know. God is infinite, and all we’re doing is counting.”
This was the turning point.
In a breath, I realized that everything that I am -my thoughts, my experiences, my feelings, my body- was but a speck of dust in a great mystery, a mystery that I would never understand. I felt ashamed and embarrassed for having sought to understand God with my mind. What pride to have thought that I could understand!
At this moment, I was brought back to the edge of the cliff where I had stood in fear. I realized that the ground I stood on represented my perception of the world, and beyond it was nothing, all darkness, the unknown.
“God is infinite, and all we are doing is counting.”
I could have turned back, not face the precipice, walked on familiar ground of my own reasoning. I could have chosen to keep counting, seeking Truth with my mind.
Yet to find out if Jesus was real or not, I had to take a risk, abandon my reasoning, and…
I jumped. The only thing I had with me was hope, and trust. Trust that He would be there.
Scared, I looked around. I was still in darkness, but I stood. I stood on something flat and firm. I stomped my feet. It was like a rock. I was standing on a rock!
Two years have passed since that moment. I have not lost the foundation. I cannot prove that Jesus is real. I can, however, testify that He is alive.
I was born again when I jumped. It was my choice, it was my free will, and now that I’m standing on a rock, there is no going back.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding,
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight."
(Thumnail image taken by Ben Shackleton)