Jump In!

Our middle son has always been a bit of a daredevil. One day my sister-in-law, a former life guard, coaxed him into the shallow end of a swimming pool. He must have been about three years old.

Standing near the edge, she entreated with outstretched arms—thinking he would be wary—when he suddenly jumped right in! Bloop… She missed the catch and he went under. However, when she fished him out a split second later, he came up laughing like a hyena.

I remember thinking, “That fearless little guy had no doubt his aunt would look out for him.”

Why don’t I trust God like that?

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:6

Our son had never ventured into anything bigger than a bathtub before that day. Yet he went for it. Somehow, he knew it was a done deal; all he had to do was make the leap.

I’ll be “Captain Obvious” here and point out the parallel. God stands near the edge of the shallow (or not so shallow) end of a pool of faith. With arms outstretched He entreats us to jump into a new experience with Him.

Do we take the plunge?

Come on, let’s go! We’ll come up laughing like a cackle of holy hyenas (Psalm 126:3).

Here are a few of my favorite “Jump In!” scriptures. Please share one of yours.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 – NIV)

“Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31:24 – NKJV)

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NIV)

Thanks to John at rockroad.blog for the idea that became this post. He’s a brother in Christ, and a master of the life story niche. Please check out his blog; it’s worth the read!






35 responses to “Jump In!”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Oh, to humble ourselves and trust our Heavenly Father with the faith of a child! My son is now 25 and still every bit as bold as he was back then. Thank you for reading my offerings and also sharing you thoughts. Blessings.

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  2. Musings&Roses Avatar

    Your 3 year old is quite brave. I doubt I would even dare. I guess that is why Christ entreats us to be like kids. Kids do whatever whenever. I guess it requires surrender to be like them. May God help me though. 🙏

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    “The Bible that Wouldn’t Burn.” Sounds like a title for a future Matcha post. I’m glad you went on auto pilot when it mattered most. Some people freeze in traumatic situations, but Matcha!

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  4. Matcha Avatar

    I can relate to this with the event today. I put automatic and complete faith in God in my situation.
    When I ran into the room on fire, all I kept thinking was that I needed to get my dog out safely. Yet at the same time, I knew we would be okay. I knew nothing bad would happen to me and considering the situation, I had a sense of calm that I still carry with me now.
    If not enough, there was really only one book that made it out untouched from the bookshelf that caught on fire, I found it in the rubble.
    My bible.
    Everything else destroyed or ruined. Yet there on the floor, covered with chunks of insulation and debris was my sea green bible.
    I think that is a pretty clear message.

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for reading, Manette. And you shared TWO scriptures! Blessings.

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  6. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    Often I find my fear of a new step of faith is because my eyes have momentarily drifted from my Salvation–Jesus Christ (life-guard) to others, thus feeding fears. Psalm 56:3-4 speaks to that, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Following that is, Psalm 27:1, “The Lord is my salvation–whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–whom should I dread?”

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  7. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I even put on my little water wings!

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good point, Viv! God is with us always. Thanks for stopping by, sister!

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  9. Viv Avatar

    Psalm 23:4. I will fear NO EVIL…..why? Because He is with me. Thank you brother David. 🤗🙏

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  10. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I’m holding my nose and jumping in after you! Feet first, all in!

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  11. Ladysag77 Avatar

    Always🙏 I look forward to your posts David, they uplift my soul deeply 🥰

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  12. Ladysag77 Avatar

    Always 🙏 I look forward to your posts, they always touch my soul deeply🥰

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I hear you, Gary. I should have said, the ponds and small lacks “look” frozen over. It’s probably not that thick and won’t last more than a week.

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  14. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Wait to go out on the ice after it’s 3″ inches thick with no currents in the water…not a time to be fearless. I use ski’s to fish on 1″ but that didn’t go well.

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks for sharing, Gary. I am card carrying thrill seeker myself. That’s probably where my son got it from.
    You are so right about those blind leaps. Am I following God or just being impetuous?

    Good thoughts, as always, Gary.

    PS. The lakes and ponds are frozen over here. That’s rare indeed.

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  16. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Speaking from the “fearless” angle, God has used my fearlessness in various ministries in many ways. Credit God not me. I wish I could say I was always “trusting God” I know I have an unhealthy lack of fear and take huge risks often. Dad’s words echo in me “I’m not sure why God bails you out so many times son”
    I had to learn the difference between what God has promised and where and when my blind leaps of faith in myself were leading the charge.

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Maria! You always have the kindest thoughts. I appreciate you! Blessings.

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You bet, Tina! Thank you for reading and sharing.

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  19. Tina Avatar

    This was a very comforting and calming post David. Love all the verses. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂


  20. Ladysag77 Avatar

    Great analogy for our faith, dear David! Yes, God asks us to take the plunge every day and trust in Him. We must learn to laugh as your son did in experiencing life and all its moments that test our faith and trust that no matter what God keeps us afloat😊

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Jeff. That’s a good one! Blessings.

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  22. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    Be strong & of good courage; do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Betty. Thank you! I hope you and Dan enjoy your day as well.

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  24. Betty Avatar

    A nice analogy indeed. While you think it’s obvious, your posts puts it in the forefront of our minds AND our HEARTS. Hebrews 11:6 wins for quote of the day. Thanks for the Saturday morning encouragement. Enjoy your day!

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  25. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Rachel will be 23 next week & I’m constantly in awe of how God uses her to touch the lives of others.

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I appreciate your interaction, Beth. Your comment adds more depth-no pun intended-to my thoughts. God never puts more on us than we can handle. With His help, of course, we can handle any water or weather! Blessings.

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  27. Beth Alisan Avatar

    I remember the swimming lessons we had as kids. The instructors started us in the shallow end and worked us into the deep end over the course of a few weeks. As I fall into the non-risk taker, unadventurous sort I’m glad God started in the shallow end with me and has worked up from there as my faith muscles grow stronger in Him. I had to think of Peter. Jesus started with asking him a fisherman to simply toss his nets back into the water, during the day, and after an unsuccessful night of fishing. It was certainly an act of faith to obey. Then to think of the deep end steps of faith Peter was taking in the book of Acts. The tiny mustard seed of faith grows into a tall plant with time if we trust the Lord and obey. Great post David!

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes! God is the ultimate life guard. Thanks for the scripture, brother. Another great one! Blessings.

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  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s a good one, Lorie. Thanks! I’m grinning from ear to ear, because I knew there were more scriptures out there that fit. Thanks for sharing! God Bless.

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  30. Alan Kearns Avatar

    “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,
    And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.” PSALM 40:2.
    A post of faith, and how we really need to practice it more. Thank you for the reminder that our Father is always there, beside the pool ready to rescue us. God bless you brother.

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  31. lorietalkslife Avatar

    I had to do a search to find one. :0)
    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

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  32. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I hear you, Barb. Our little guy is now 25 and he’s still an adrenaline junkie.

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  33. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    I have a fearless daughter. I wish I had learned more lessons from her along the way.

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