Let Me Be Frank… 2-19-20

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5
 
Charles Blondin was one of the most gifted tightrope walkers of his time.  He gained worldwide fame as the first person to cross Niagara Falls.  Harry Calcord (his friend and manager) put together a brilliant piece of publicity and thousands came from miles around to see the feat.  The cable (made entirely of hemp) stretched across 1300 feet and was two inches in diameter.  It was wound around an oak tree on one side, ferried across the Niagara River and affixed around a Canadian rock.  There were guy ropes at 20 foot intervals to limit the swaying but the middle 50 feet was unreachable and swayed and sagged dangerously.
 
People took bets on whether or not Blondin would plunge to his death.  And, as he took his first slow steps onto the cable I’m sure some of the spectators covered their eyes.  But as he neared the middle, the most dangerous part, he broke into a run!  He crossed over, rested a bit, and went out again (this time with a camera).
 
Over the course of many weeks Blondin crossed backward, turned flips, went across blindfolded, and even cooked an omelette on the cable.  He had faith that he could cross safely, but he trusted in his abilities.
 
“I will put my trust in you alone and I will not be shaken.”
 
Faith is a noun.  It is something we have or possess.  Trust is a verb. 
 
One day, after crossing to the Canadian side, the spectators were surprised to see Blondin carrying his manager and good friend on his back across the wire.  As they crossed a few of the guy ropes snapped but Blondin remained steady and true… they made it across safely.
 
It was later reported that Blondin told his manager this while crossing.  “Look up, Harry…you are no longer Colcord, you are Blondin. Until I clear this place be a part of me, mind, body, and soul. If I sway, sway with me. Do not attempt to do any balancing yourself.”
 
When we have faith in God we believe that He will see us through.  But when we trust Him, we get up on the wire.  We sway with Him.  We don’t attempt to balance ourselves because we could falter.
 
We have faith that He will answer, but we trust that He is working.  Trust looks different for all of us.  It may be taking the next step, pulling back, reaching out, hanging on, or simply taking the time to rest.  Whatever it is, trust in God.  Sway with Him.  Put your faith into action and trust God and His promises today.
 
Can’t wait to share with you this weekend!
We are Central… and we’re in this TOGETHER! 
SOLI DEO GLORIA
-F