I love this guy. He is one of the best examples I've observed as a gentle, wise, and experienced pastor. Wayne Taylor has thirty years of ministry as the pastor of Calvary Fellowship in Seattle.
He opened his message with a story about skydiving.
Now, I've been praying that God would speak to me during this conference, but I really don't want God to use somebody's example of free falling through space to be the thing God uses to change my life. I need a nice safe story to think about. Try to convince me over a nice safe cup of coffee. And bring some dessert while you're at it. Leave me alone with your free-falling and being kicked off the cliff stories. That's a bit uncomfortable.
Wayne told a story of his son being harnessed to an experienced tandem parachute expert. "We're harnessed to Jesus. He's the expert. It's scary, but He knows what He's doing."
The analogy works. The truth is, serving God really just feels like free falling. But we're harnessed to a pro. So, we're not really in free fall. It just feels like it. How fun.
"God has amazing things for us."