Daniel Plan 2/7/17: Get on His Back and Let Him Carry You

So...Niagara Falls and faith.

What do they have to show us? I am taking (and editing) a version of this story from Dr. Ray Pritchard of Keep Believing Ministries.

In the nineteenth century the greatest tightrope walker in the world was a man named Charles Blondin. On June 30, 1859, he became the first man in history to walk on a tightrope across Niagara Falls. Over twenty-five thousand people gathered to watch him walk 1,100 feet suspended on a tiny rope 160 feet above the raging waters. He worked without a net or safety harness of any kind. The slightest slip would prove fatal. When he safely reached the Canadian side, the crowd burst into a mighty roar.

In the days that followed, he would walk across the Falls many times. Once he walked across on stilts; another time he took a chair and a stove with him and sat down midway across, cooked an omelet, and ate it. And once he pushed a wheelbarrow across loaded with 350 pounds of cement. On another occasion he asked the cheering spectators if they thought he could push a man across sitting in a wheelbarrow. A mighty roar of approval rose from the crowd. Spying a man cheering loudly, he asked, “Sir, do you think I could safely carry you across in this wheelbarrow?” “Yes, of course.” “Get in,” the Great Blondin replied with a smile. The man declined.

After finding no takers, Blondin then offered to carry a man across on his back. No one would take him up on the offer until finally his manager, Harry Colcord, volunteered his services. He became the only man to ever be carried, piggyback, on a tightrope over Niagara Falls. Blondin told his manager that he shouldn't look down or try to balance. And that if he tried to do these things, they would both fall to their death.

The story goes that when they got to the first guy wire (a stabilizer for the tight rope), it broke, as did the second one. Blondin had to put Colcord down five times while on a two inch rope suspended over the gorge. When they got to the other side the crowd was pressing in so tightly that Blondin had to charge them at a run to clear the side of the cliff.

Believing was thinking that he could do it. Faith is getting on his back and letting him carry you. That is what Jesus is asking us to do.

Be blessed, knowing that He will willingly carry us if we'll let him!

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
— John 15:4-5