It is 5 Minute Friday and I am hanging out with LisaJo and the circle of bloggers who take 5 minutes of their blogging day to write. To find out more about it go here.
This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt: wide
“You want me to do WHAT?”, I asked as I looked down into the depths of the ravine.
I am not good with heights…scratch that..I hate heights. And here I am in the middle of the Amazon, over looking a wide ravine. If I am to get to where I need to be by sunset, I have to cross this.
“Faith,” I say to myself, “hmm, does it take more faith to just step out into nothing like Indiana Jones or take the first step on this bridge?”
Yep, I am a movie buff, and that scene from I.J. is playing through my head right now, only difference between him and I (other than that fabulously cool hat and whip) is he is holding the holy grail-I’m not. I’m just an ordinary missionary headed to my next assignment, but if I am to get there-I have to cross this black hole!
My guide looks at me as if to say-come on lady I can do this with my eyes closed…move it. Spurred out of my Indiana Jones daydream, I take the first step. I’m not on that swaying bridge yet, but I am closer.
“Oh, why does this have to be so wide, God? Give me snakes, bugs, God-forbid those humongous spiders along the trail, anything but this. I can’t do it God.”
My stomach has stopped inching up my throat-if it is possible it is flying at maximum warp to the top of the my mouth. Ugh.
“Come on. You can do this,” I say to myself.
I know others have gone over this bridge for decades. My co-worker who has been in this region for 20 years, crosses this bridge every month. Never once have they fallen over or a board collapsed beneath them. Okay,deep breath- “You got me God, right?”
Next step, I feel the movement of the bridge-the sway as weight is put upon it. One foot at a time, I slow maneuver my way across. The gentle breeze pulls at my hair and encircles me, like God’s gentle touch of encouragement.
“See, my child,” I hear Him whisper. “Nothing is out of my control. You can do this.”
I have no idea what that ravine looked like from that bridge. People say it is the most breath-taking view you will ever see. How I managed to get across it with my eyes firmly shut tight, I’ll never know. Thankfully, I am in the village for a few months and don’t have to go over that thing again for a while. And just maybe… maybe next time, I’ll chance a glance around.
I have to admit this came into my head as I was getting Lil’ Bit down for a nap. Not the whole thing, but the beginning. For those who know me, you may be thinking to yourself…I don’t remember Beth ever being in the Amazon…or a missionary for the fact. You are right. This is entirely a work of fiction (except the heights and spider part). Who knows, maybe I’ll make this into a cool story someday.