Never Skydive Alone

Should you ever wish to skydive, there are two main options available. You can either receive extensive training to become qualified to jump alone or you can receive a few hours of training and jump in tandem with an expert.

Before we started our family, my husband and I tried skydiving where we opted for a tandem jump. After a few hours of learning what to expect and practicing positions, we suited up and walked to the plane. Once in the air, our instructors attached themselves securely to us. We were placed in front while they were behind wearing the parachute.

Walking to the door attached to another person was a bit of an adventure, but knowing an expert was with me all the way gave me confidence. Together my instructor and I stood at the threshold of the open door and, with one step forward, began free-falling into nothingness. It was exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. I loved it. My husband, not so much.

Jumping tandem was the perfect way to try the sport. It was still scary to jump out of a perfectly good airplane but the fear level was not the same had I been alone. Strapped to an expert, I didn’t have to have all the answers or know what exactly to do. It wasn’t all up to me. I needed to do a small part and then I could enjoy the experience. I had confidence in the expert to pull the rip chord at just the right time to slow our descent and guide us to a safe landing.

The same is true in life. It's not necessary for you to have all the answers or to know exactly what to do. It's not all up to you. God is in control. As His child, you are not alone. Even in the most frightening trials, if you remain yoked with Christ, your ultimate safety is secured. Do your part and leave the rest to Him. You can be confident that He will slow any free-falls and guide you to a perfect landing.

Would I skydive again? Perhaps, when our daughter is fully grown and gone I might jump again. But what I know for certain is that in daily life I never want to jump alone.

Message for the Journey:
Whether you are going through a time of joy floating like a cloud or free-falling through a season of trials, there is only one certainty of achieving a safe landing when it comes to the end of life’s adventure. Those yoked in tandem with Christ will be secure while those who go it alone will meet disastrous results. No matter how turbulent your fall, remain confident that the ultimate Expert is with you guiding your descent.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2


  1. Excellent article, Ann. Loved the last line: "No matter how turbulent your fall, remain confident that the ultimate Expert is with you guiding your descent." Plus, you quoted from one of my favorite books in the Bible. Isaiah 43:2 has been a comfort to me many times. Good job!

  2. Such a fresh perspective on how we must walk by faith and not by sight! When we believe, God is always with us and we with him. Thank you:)

  3. So glad you enjoyed it. What a comfort it is to remember He is always with us.

  4. Thanks, Bob. It's not always easy to remember when in the midst of a fall but it is always true.

  5. The more I walk with Him, the more I trust Him.  The greater steps of faith He asks me to take, the more prepared I am to follow.  God is great, and God is good!

  6. What a wonderful message! Thank you so much for joining the Family in Faith bloghop!

  7. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. What a great way to explain our relationship with Christ!  The closer we are to Him, the safer we are, meaning the more courage we should have to step out in faith.  I absolutely love this!  

    And how cool that you got to go sky diving!  I think I would love it too, but my husband HATES heights, so I don't think I'd ever be able to convince him to go with me!

  9. Susan Gay JeffriesJuly 31, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    I loved this!  My son went skydiving last summer for his 18th birthday.  He says he is taking his dad for his 50th.  Great post.

  10. That was an amazing read.  I love real life pictures of Biblical principles.  Thank you for bringing that to life! :O)