It’s a LONG Way Down!

Most of us are afraid of something. Spiders, geometry, snakes— you name it, someone is afraid of it. I am afraid of heights. I was such a scaredy-cat when I was a child that I never made it up to the top of the tall slide in the playground because I would chicken out about halfway up!

Last week I had to face my fear of heights during my Dramatic Productions class. We were learning about theatre lights. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? Wrong! All of the lights are mounted on what’s known as the “grid.” The “grid” is like a second floor in the Experimental Theatre, but it is 25 feet up in the air! The “grid” consists of criss-crossing wire cords—those were the only things that were going to keep me from falling onto the cement floor 25 feet below! As I got ready to walk out onto the “grid,” my heart began to beat faster and a sick feeling crept into my stomach. All I could think about was what a long way down the floor was. There was NO way I was going out there! But then again, I had no choice. I had to. As I took my first step onto the “grid,” I tensed up. I took another step, then another, and to my amazement, I did not fall! It was actually fun, like being on a very big trampoline. While I still occasionally became queasy when I looked down, I did enjoy the rest of my time up on the “grid” that night.

Maybe you are looking at college the same way I looked at going out on the “grid.” If something goes wrong, it is a long way down. Perhaps you are scared of not being able to handle the pressure of college academics, or possibly you are nervous about the roommates God may put you with. Whatever it may be, I can tell you that if you step out by faith, God is not going to let you fall. There may be times of discouragement and hardships, but if we focus on Christ instead of looking down in fear, we are bound to conquer our fears and enjoy the opportunities God has put before us.

Let me encourage you to do some “grid-walking” yourself. It may be a long way down, but don’t worry about that! God has some wonderful things in store for your future if you step out by faith!

Happy “Grid-Walking,”


11 Responses

  1. Abe Haven

    Amen Megan! The only way I am succeeding in college is by trusting in God. So many times I have had to rely on Him and His power to carry me through. And the awesomest thing about trusting God is that He NEVER lets you down. Thanks for the great analogy and reminder. Preach it sister!

  2. Krystelle

    This post was exactly what I needed I’ve been dragging my feet about college and making any final decisions because I’m afraid of “falling”. But your post helped me to see that I can’t let a fear of doing the wrong thing keep me from doing anything at all because that’s worse than doing nothing. Thanks.

  3. Darian DePerte

    Wow, that picture is amazing! Thank you for showing us. I never knew that’s what was like up there! I loved your analogy about grid walking with college. There’s a lot of truth to that and I’m gonna keep that with me the whole time I’m at PCC for when times get tough. Thank you! (:

  4. Laura Allnutt

    Very well said, Megan! You took a simple concept and showed it in a setting all of us below have always been curious of. =)

  5. amanda mueller

    This helped me so much!!! I want to attend PCC and my family is telling me that I should go somewhere that is “better well known” but I am a Christian and I want to go someplace that honors God. I’m very excited and I’m happy to be able to read all these blogs!!!!!!;)

    • Marina

      Hey you know what you should read, its kind of like pilgrims progress but a shorter re-make of it. A friend recommended it to me before I came here, it’s called the
      “Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson, and it really helped me overcome some of the things that you just described. Keep praying about it, and if this is where God wants you, then He will provide and give you strength.
      People told me the same as I came here, but people will always want to stand between you and your dream. Just keep pushing through, trust me, you will not regret coming here… Just keep surrendering to Gods will!

    • Darian DePerte

      Hi Amanda!
      I understand what you’re going through. I have family too that is telling me to go elsewhere, but I know PCC is where God wants me to be so I’m following Him. Just pray where the Lord would have you to go. He’ll make it clear and help you get through this storm. (:

  6. Debi

    Wow, Megan! That was an amazing description of your experience! And it makes me very curious to go up onto the ‘grid’ myself!

  7. Carissa Robertson

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  8. Jessica Ross

    sounds like a fun class! As a fellow speech major, i cant to be in that class!:)…but thanks for the encouragement!:)

  9. Tim Parsons

    You know, Megan, your post reminded me of a story in the Bible… Matthew 14, I believe… Peter walking on the water.

    Talk about fear! He was walking through a raging tempestuous storm!! BUT… as long as he kept his eyes on Christ, he actually accomplished the impossible! It was only when he took his eyes off Christ and focussed on the problems and the things that *could* go wrong, that he began to sink. But praise God, Jesus pulled him out of the water!

    So it goes with daily life. If our focus is right, God will enable us to accomplish the impossible.

    Look to Christ!

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