Charles Blondin was at French tightrope walker in the 1800’s. His greatest fame came in June of 1859 when he attempted to become the first person to cross a tightrope stretched over a quarter of a mile across Niagara Falls. He did this several times, performing various stunts. On one occasion, he walked across blindfolded and pushing a wheelbarrow. He then asked the crowd if they believed that he could carry a person in the wheelbarrow. The crowd shouted Yes, yes, yes. He replied,” Okay, get in the wheelbarrow”. No one did!
I wonder if this reflects the trust that we have in God. Remember the story of Abraham and Isaac? In the 22nd chapter of Genesis, we read the story of when God tested the faith of Abraham. God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, on the mountain in Moriah. Abraham trusted God and God provided a ram to substitute for Isaac. What faith and trust Abraham had in His God!
I confess that my faith is sometimes weak. I am a worrier. I know and believe that God is faithful; I know that He is powerful and sovereign. I know that He loves me and that He has a plan for my life. But, I don’t always trust enough to not worry. I often think of the statement: When you can’t see God’s plan, trust His hand. God is a BIG God and He is able to do abundantly more than I ask of Him.
Psalm 5:11-12: “But let those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.” God is worthy of our trust!
This is the chorus of a favorite hymn of mine:
TRUST AND OBEY, FOR THERE’S NO OTHER WAY
TO BE HAPPY IN JESUS
BUT TO TRUST AND OBEY.