Day 16

Day 16

Read: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, during the winter of 1858, a 34 year old French acrobat named Charles Blondin, traveled to Niagara Falls hoping to become the first person to cross the “boiling cataract.” He always worked without a net, believing that preparing for disaster only made one more likely to occur. A rope 1,300 feet long, two inches in diameter and made entirely of hemp was stung across the chasm. OnJuly 4th, Blondin walked the cable halfway across, he then laid down on the cable, flipped himself over, and began walking backward. He stopped again to take a swig from his flask, and then made it safely to the Canadian side. On the journey back he wore a sack over his body, depriving himself of sight. “One can scarcely believe that the feat was indeed real,” wrote one reporter, “and stands gazing upon the slender cord and the awful gulf in a state of utter bewilderment.… I look back upon it as upon a dream.”

In his most famous exploit, he carried a stove and utensils on his back, walked to the center of the cable, started a fire and cooked an omelet. When it was ready, he lowered the breakfast to passengers on deck of the Maid of the Mist.

The most daring trip Blondin ever made over the falls was the one in which he had his manager, Harry Colcord riding on his back. It is one thing to carry a chair, a small stove, food and drink, but a different world to carry another person. Chairs and food don’t react to the wind, or shake from fear. In order for this to work, for them both to survive, Colcord had to completely rely on Blondin. If the rope began to sway in the wind, which it often did, and Colcord attempted to balance himself he would throw both of the men over the falls. Colcord had to trust Blondin literally with his life.

I tell you this story because I think it is exactly what the verse in Proverbs 3 is talking about, a complete surrender and reliance on the Lord, a yielding to His balance in our journey. This takes time. I am quite positive that Harry Colcord wouldn’t have done this the first time he saw Charles Blondin walk the tightrope over Niagara Falls. But after many successful trips he built trust. Just as Jesus desires to build trust in us as we grow through the ups and downs of our journey with Him. Unfortunately, far too many of us find ourselves over the middle of the falls in our journey with God and decide it is just too much for us. So we balance ourselves and without knowing it throw ourselves over the falls of life, making one bad decision that quickly cascades into a life that has little or no direction from God. Friends, in order to know our Father’s heart for us we cannot lean on our own understanding. We must learn to trust Him to bring the balance our life needs.

Father, the journey is often a balancing act, one that sometimes frightens me deeply. Thank you for challenging me to yield to you and to trust you. I hunger to grow in my trust of you.