Beyond A Gondola Ride

I remember the juices rising in my stomach the moment my husband said, “Let’s take the Gondola to the top of the mountain!” Fear and nerves press firmly against my shoulders. My palms suddenly begin to sweat.

There’s nothing fancy-schmancy about it. It looks like a rinky-dink contraption that may or may not actually reach the top.

I scan high above the trees to check out the open-air death trap. I take a large gulp. I feel dizzy and sick to my stomach, at first. A small one-person-chair elevates off the ground hoisting folks to the top of the island. I hear it’s beautiful, but I’m not so sure I’m willing to take the risk.

My husband and I stand together, our hands cup the sun from our eyes. I look on in horror. He looks on with excitement.

Despite my fear, I get on anyway. The small chair suspends us as we glide across a tiny cable. The cable makes weird clanky noises. My legs begin to dangle. I close my eyes tightly. I cling to the metal bar across my lap for dear life.

I hear him in front of me saying, “Look, you’re missing it. Open your eyes!”  

I decide to open my eyes half-way to the top. I gaze to the ground. There’s no safety net. No second chances. If I fall, it’s over

We finally reach our destination but the chair doesn’t stop. Not only is the lift frightening but now I’m required to jump from it? Are you kidding me?

The island of Capri, Italy’s mountain top is breathtaking.

We stand arm and arm, alone with our thoughts.

Something in me begins to stir.

I realize this kind of fear isn’t what God wants for us. 

God doesn’t want us to back away from uncomfortable moments. 

He doesn’t want us to be so timid that we refuse to risk it all. 

He doesn’t want us to miss the scenery on the way up either—there are lessons to learn

As believers, we aren’t supposed to live our lives afraid to soar. 

We weren’t created to be anxious about jumping into the unknown. 

We aren’t supposed to get an upset stomach every time God calls us to do something out of the ordinary. 

God wants us to live fully for Him in every moment, every second. He so desires for us to experience his goodness squeezed into every crack and crevice of our lives. 

He longs for us to snatch a glimpse of eternity so when we reach the top, He gets the glory. 

I want this for us today. 

I want us to live life unafraid, secure, and engaged…. For this is the kind of life God set apart for us.

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9 Responses

10.18.11

Beautiful Kelli. I am afraid I would have also been terrified but what a glorious site to behold once at the top! God wants me to live without fear and I want that. I can be secure in Him. Great encouragement!
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10.18.11

“He doesn’t want us to miss the scenery on the way up either—there are lessons to learn.” So very true! Thanks, Kelli.
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10.18.11

Hi Kelli – I love how you end this post “I want us to live life unafraid, secure, and engaged…. For this is the kind of life God set apart for us.” Its so true God does not want us to be afraid of anything with Him by our side. Thank you, for adding my bloghop here. I am so chuffed. Look forward to you linking up there tomorrow.
God bless
Tracy
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10.18.11

Kelli, our local zoo just installed a sky lift ride over the African section of the zoo. I was scared to death when I rode that, so I can’t imagine riding a similar death trap up a mountain. 😉
I love this analogy of soaring, unafraid, with God. Wonderful encouragement!
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10.18.11

Something in ME began to stir when you wrote “I realize this kind of fear isn’t what God wants for us.” So very true. Love the way you wrote this! I don’t know if it’s because I know you so well, but I can literally see and feel you in this experience… awesome!

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Wonderful encouragement Kelli, and some beautiful pictures as well.

I’m not big on heights myself, so I understand the trepidation you felt on that ride. As you noted though, God doesn’t want us to live in fear and uncertainty, He wants us to live in abundance reveling in the life He’s given us.

Your statement : “I want us to live life unafraid, secure, and engaged…. For this is the kind of life God set apart for us.” says it beautifully…

Have a Blessed Day!
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10.18.11

Amen sister! Of course, I’d have never been on the gondola as I’d never have gotten on the plane to get to Italy in the first place 🙂

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10.18.11

Kelli,

Both you and Heidi write so beautifully, I always look forward to reading your posts. I am with you on the Gondola ride, I would be terrified to get in it and I would ride it with my eyes closed. I don’t why I let my fears paralyze me sometimes but they do, I think I am going to have to print this and carry it with me whenever I feel the fear rising to the surface. Lovely encouragement Kelli.

Blessings.
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Oh how I want to live this adventure of faith with my eyes wide open taking in deeply all that God has for me!
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