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At camps and vacation spots around the globe, ziplining has become a popular activity among thrill-seekers of all ages.

And while most associate the experience with adrenaline rushes and breathtaking views, what many don’t realize is that ziplining can have surprising benefits for the heart. And we’re not just talking about the cardiovascular kind!

Although ziplining has been shown to lower blood pressure, we’re referring to something much deeper: spiritual growth.

An Exercise in Trust

No doubt about it, ziplining is an exercise in trust. You strap on the helmet, tighten the harness, and prepare to take the plunge, hoping that something or someone will help you make it safely from point A to B. Even for the seasoned risk-taker, the “what ifs” are sure to surface when you’re standing on the edge of the platform.

Ziplining is a tangible way to face your fears and take a leap of faith; a reminder that wherever you go and whatever you face, God is with you, and you can place your hope and trust in Him (Psalm 56:3). 

A New Point of View

One of the best things about ziplining is the view. Whether you’re soaring past tall pines, over creeks, or simply flying through a wide-open sky, ziplining offers a perspective unlike any other. 

Our guests and campers at Black Diamond often walk away from our ziplining activities with a renewed delight in God’s creation and a desire to explore it more. The experience can also provide a much-needed escape from the stresses of life and a rush of joy in trying times.

A Picture of Community

For us, there’s nothing quite like watching our most reluctant guests and campers flying down the line to the raucous cheers of their family, friends, and fellow campers.

It’s a picture of community that’s worth replicating outside of camp – one where encouraging and building one another up is an everyday thing (1Thessalonians 5:11).

What spiritual takeaways you have gained from ziplining?