Never Too Far to Come Back!
20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Sunday, October 14, 2012 will forever be remembered as the day a man fell from space and survived.
Felix Baumgartner, a thrill seeker and Austrian paratrooper who had successfully completed over 2,500 jumps took a giant plunge from the stratosphere, a height over 24 miles up.
With seized breath I watched Felix inch onto the platform of a capsule that was pulled into space by a massive helium-filled balloon.
When Baumgartner reached the desired launch height, mission control instructed him to detach his suit from the capsule and prepare to jump.
Felix made two profound statements while standing above the curve of the earth.
"Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are," and “I’m going home now.”
I have been skydiving before. That moment before you leap – a litany of thoughts darts through your mind.
As I stood on the edge of uncertainty I was amazed at the distance and the widescreen view of God’s design but also afraid to make a move. Can you imagine what it would have been like to see the earth from Felix’s view?
There are many people who have reached their personal edge of uncertainty. They are teetering on the threshold of a breakthrough and a breakdown. Like the prodigal son who had reached his breaking point, he had a new worldview and a decision to make.
It was time to move!
When Baumgartner landed, Red Bull made a Facebook picture post of him kneeling on the ground. That post generated nearly 216,000 likes, 10,000 comments and more than 29,000 shares in less than 40 minutes.
When we make a life choice to leap and leave a former lifestyle and then acknowledge God for making it happen, people notice! That single prayer pose was seen around the world!
However, this isn’t the first time a man came from the heavens and changed the way people see world.
It’s not too late for you to come home! It doesn’t matter how far you have traveled. Even if you took millions of steps away from God, it only takes one to get back home.
The Father is waiting for you to come home, he sees you in the distance, and his arms are outstretched towards you!
PHOTO BY RED BULL STRATOS
research for article by JUAN CARLOS LLORCA, Associated Press