My son is currently on a school trip and yesterday overcame his fear of heights and did the 'leap of faith' - he even got a special mention on the school trip website!
Apparently, psychiatrists believe we are only born with two innate fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. That means every other fear is 'learnt' and this week I seem to be swimming in a lot of my 'learnt' fears.
I have been swimming in the fear of moving to Amsterdam and then my kids being in terrible schools and they struggle.
I have swum in the fear of the financial pressure that comes with a church plant and isolation from close friends.
I am wading in the fear that RFC may falter and then my friends feeling I let them down.
I have occasionally paddled in the fear of failure - yes looking stupid, but mainly that I am leading my family into something we won't be able to do.
And in truth, all my fears are well founded and could come to pass.
But Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. What I fear could happen, however the root issue is this: who do we believe our God to be and what has He asked us to do?
The fine details of our future as a family are hazy but Liz and I are certain of what we see: our family thriving in Amsterdam, RFC powering on and a new church established, and the gospel going to the nations.
So like our son, we are going to make our 'leap of faith' knowing it is our heavenly Father at the end of the safety line.