The Tight-Rope Walker
“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity,” Matthew 7:21-23, KJV.
I had the privilege of briefly rubbing shoulders, literally, with a tight-rope walker on vacation last summer. We bumped into each other in a crowd as we were exiting the theater where he and his family had just done a show. He smiled and thanked us for coming, and then moved to the autograph table.
The show had been great—spotlights on poles, bicycles, and chairs all being stacked on tight wires as people climbed on each others’ shoulders and balanced high in the air. There was a moment during the show, though, when they showed a video of the lead walker going across Niagara Falls. The wind, the spray, the intense focus on his face, and then the moment when he reached the other side and everyone cheered. He had done what many considered to be the impossible.
I was intrigued enough that I went home and did some research about Niagara Falls tightrope walkers. Everyone who watched the tightrope walkers was thrilled by their feats, but there was one legend that caught my attention. A tightrope walker walked across the rope, first by himself, then with a wheelbarrow. Everyone was impressed. Then, he asked the crowd if he was a good tightrope walker. “Yes, yes, of course you are!” came the response. Then, he challenged one, anyone, to get in the wheelbarrow and go across with him. No one responded. It was stunningly quiet. Then, one young boy stepped forward and said, “I will do it.” He got in the wheelbarrow and everyone watched in amazement as the tightrope walker safely transported the young fellow across and back the rope again. The crowd erupted into applause and the boy was hailed a hero. When asked why he did it, the boy simply replied, “I knew he could do it—he’s my dad.”
Now, whether that legend is true or not, the principle goes deep. The boy knew he could trust the man who put out the challenge. He knew his father would be safe and bring him back to land without harm. Others standing there were impressed by the man’s feats, but they were not impressed enough to get into the wheelbarrow—to accept the tightrope walker’s challenge. Many in life are this way with God, the Creator. He has proven He is worthy of our trust, worthy to be our Savior, but some refuse to accept the challenge to receive Him by faith (John 1:12). The boy did exactly what the tightrope walker challenged, and the boy received the thrill of a lifetime. When we accept Jesus as Savior by faith and place our lives in His hands, we receive the promise of His presence in this life and the joy of an eternity with Him in glory—and it doesn’t get any better than that!
Thought-provoker: Have you accepted Christ’s offer of salvation by faith?
Lord, thank You for being my Savior, and that it doesn’t depend on me, it is all about faith in You! Amen.