Cutting the rope?


May I ask you a question? When life gets really rough, do you believe that God can save you or do you hold tightly to you own abilities? These are tangible. We can see and know them. But God? How can our senses know Him if it is a matter of trust and trust alone?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

My son owns a rescue dog called Annie. When he got the dog, he had no idea that Annie was a leaper. When we used to put Annie into the dog run enclosure in the backyard, we felt reasonably sure that she wouldn’t be able to get out. For a few days she was fine but she had a habit of running to the far end of the run, next to a large tree and simply staring out over the hill below the run; as if she was measuring it. The next day we’d let her out she took off at a run and jumped about four feet into the air, pushed off the linden tree, and rebounded up and over the fence, clearing it by several inches. It seems that she knew from the first day that she would be able to leap that fence and land without injury on the other side.

Annie knew she could clear the fence. She could only believe that the soft hill below would cushion her fall.

Here’s a story: The story is told of a mountain climber, who was desperate to conquer a great mountain. The first day he climbed until dark. Visibility was zero. Everything was black. About a 100 meters from the top, he slipped and fell. He kept falling and thought for sure that he would die. But then he felt a jolt around his waist that almost tore him in half. Yes! Like any good mountain climber he had staked himself with a long rope. In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air with the rope tied around his waist he began to shout, “Help me God!” A moment later he heard a deep voice say. “What do you want?” “Save me,” he pleaded. “Do you really believe I can?” “Of course.” the climber shouted. God replied, “Then, cut the rope.” The man gasped and just held tighter to the rope. The next day a rescue team found a frozen mountain climber, hanging strongly to a rope – two feet off the ground. (Source unknown.)

When life gets really rough, do you believe that God can save you or do you hold tightly to you own abilities? These are tangible. We can see and know them. But God? How can our senses know Him? It’s easy for us to pin our chances to something tangible as opposed to something we can only see with faith. But God has great and marvelous things in store for you and I. He asks only one thing. Cut the rope and trust, like Annie leaping that fence, we need to believe that He is capable of breaking our fall.

We pray. Dear Father–Lord, You have assigned me my portion and my cup; You have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will You let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand! In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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