The Frayed Rope

Jill Briscoe tells a story about an evangelist who wanted to use a dramatic method to teach his listeners about faith. It was safe for them to fully depend on God alone. He cut a rope so that it was held together by only two or three strands believing that it would break as soon as he put his full weight on it. This would represent trusting in temporal things and he would then tell the audience that they needed to trust in God rather than the things of this world.

At the right moment, the evangelist took a running leap across the platform, grabbed the end of the rope and swung out over the audience. To his shock and amazement, the rope held and he sailed above everyone's heads and into the vestibule. He picked himself up off the floor and returned to the platform with a much more powerful message than what he had intended to deliver.

He said:

1 When we trust ourselves to God, expecting the rope to break, we are thoroughly shocked to find ourselves carried, in spite of our lack of faith , to worlds unknown!

We tend to think that having faith means we will not be attacked by doubts and fears. The exact opposite is true. If it were otherwise then it would not be faith. Often stepping out in faith makes us feel like we are clinging to a frayed rope, swinging high above the crowd. We know the rope should break beneath our weight but you see we must remember, it is not the rope that carries us. It is God and God is not a frayed rope.

Blessings!

K :princess:

1 Jill Briscoe, Daily Study Notes from the Daily Study Bible For Women (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 1999), page 653.

Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

[quote]We tend to think that having faith means we will not be attacked by doubts and fears. The exact opposite is true. If it were otherwise then it would not be faith. Often stepping out in faith makes us feel like we are clinging to a frayed rope, swinging high above the crowd. We know the rope should break beneath our weight but you see we must remember, it is not the rope that carries us. It is God and God is not a frayed rope.
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This is a wonderful message, K :princess:, one that I very much needed this morning. The assailing of doubts and fears can be daunting, relentless, and all too convincing when we're at our weakest. God has without doubt used your content to remind me that [b]He "is"[/b] carrying me through -- despite this attack from doubts and fears. I hope you'll keep me in your prayers today.

Blessings!

Beth M @blest ·

So very true. Reminded me of 2 stories, both told about guys falling off a cliff or something close; There's the one about the guy hanging onto a branch and calling for help. When the Lord answered and told him to just let go, he asked if anyone else was up there. Or the other version in which the guy calls to the Lord after falling while mountain climbing in the fog and grabbing onto a branch. The Lord tells him to cut the rope. He refuses and is subsequently found dead, hanging just a few feet above the ground.
When we look back on our lives, we find examples of both ~ times we cut the rope and times we refused. Those times we cut the rope ~ :dance: :angel: :dance: OH how we soared with God!

May we remember to cut the rope more often...

blessings, blest
and I just said a prayer for you, enje :heart: