In 1857 a tightrope walker named Blondin stretched a two-inch steel cable across the gorge of the Niagara Falls, attracting a large crowd. He said to the onlookers, “How many of you believe that I can carry the weight of a man on my shoulders across this gorge?” The crowd shouted and cheered their belief that he could do it. Sure enough, Blondin picked up a sack of sand weighing about 180 pounds and carried it across the falls.
a wheelbarrel over Niagara Falls
Then Blondin said, “How many of you believe that I can actually carry a person across the gorge?” Many people in the crowd indicated that they thought he could do it. Then Blondin called out, “Which one of you will climb on my shoulders and let me carry you across the falls?”
Suddenly there was silence. Everyone wanted to see Blondin carry a person across the gorge and many believed he could. But nobody wanted to put his life in blondin’s hands.
Some time later Blondin did carry a man across Niagara Falls. The man was Blondin’s manager, who had known the tightrope walker personally for many years. “You must not trust your own feelings, but mine,” Blondin told his manager as they prepared for the crossing. “You will feel like turning when we don’t need to turn. And if you trust your feelings, we will both fall. You must become part of me.”
This is what faith in Jesus is: knowing Him personally and entrusting our eternal life into His hands.
(From Won by One by Ron Rand)
2 comments on “More Than Words”
That is a wonderful devotional. I really enjoyed hearing it from you this morning. It was a great start to my day for sure.God revealed something to me after reading this the second time around.Sometimes it is hard to trust God. It shouldn't be, but it is. I'm sure that Blondin's manager had to learn that lesson. I have no doubt that it was hard for him to put his trust in Blondin as they walked across that rope. But he carried him across.There are things in life that we go through, and sometimes it is hard for us to trust in Him. We look at our circumstances to be about as impossible as crossing the falls on a tight rope. The amazing thing at least for me, when we do trust in Him, He always carries us across. Hope that makes sense. Thanks Soapie, I think you answered a prayer for me today.
It does make sense, and you're exactly right- He always carries us across. Never drops us into the Niagara Falls, never doubts Himself, never turns around after making it halfway. He trusts Himself.Another thing that stood out to me was that the manager had to take action by getting on Blondin's back and surrendering control. That is what we are called to do, for example:"The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him."He saves because we take refuge in Him. We had to surrender to His sovereign control and seek after His protection. Trust is a verb.Thanks for commenting, Whitty, I learn from your insight.