Circus performers describe a very special relationship between trapeze artists. One of the performers releases from his trapeze, leaving it behind. He twists up into the air, and at the peak of the arc, when he isn’t launching up into the sky any longer, he must stop and remain as still as possible (that performer is called “the flier”).
At the same time a partner is swinging on a different trapeze from his knees. At just the right moment, he swoops in like an eagle and grabs the flier with precision timing and strength (that performer is called “the catcher”). It takes years to train for this, with one of the most important rules being that the flier must never try to catch the catcher but must wait in absolute trust. Even in that split second when he thinks he is plummeting to his death.
God asked Abraham to release, to leave things behind: “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). He’d have nothing to hold on to anymore. But what he had been holding on to wasn’t enough. Not for God’s big plans and promises.
God has big plans and promises for you too. Oftentimes, however, our heads, hands, and hearts are already full of stuff. Stuff we think is important. But it’s just not as important as God’s blessings. So let go. Fly into the air and freeze. You won’t fall. He’ll catch you—and bless you bigger than you can imagine.