In preparing for an upcoming lesson I stumbled across this great story on faith and what it means to really trust someone.
There was a tightrope walker, who did incredible aerial feats. All over Paris, he would do tightrope acts at tremendously scary heights. Then he had succeeding acts; he would do it blindfolded, then he would go across the tightrope, blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow.
An American promoter read about this in the papers and wrote a letter to the tightrope walker, saying, “Tightrope, I don’t believe you can do it, but I’m willing to make you an offer. For a very substantial sum of money, besides all your transportation fees, I would like to challenge you to do your act over Niagara Falls.” Now, Tightrope wrote back, “Sir, although I’ve never been to America and seen the Falls, I’d love to come.” Well, after a lot of promotion and setting the whole thing up, many people came to see the event. Tightrope was to start on the Canadian side and come to the American side.
Drums roll, and he comes across the rope which is suspended over the treacherous part of the falls — blindfolded!! And he makes it across easily.
The crowds go wild, and he comes to the promoter and says, “Well, Mr. Promoter, now do you believe I can do it?” “Well of course I do. I mean, I just saw you do it.” “No,” said Tightrope, “do you really believe I can do it?” “Well of course I do, you just did it.” “No, no, no,” said Tightrope walker, “do you believe I can do it?” “Yes,” said Mr. Promoter, “I believe you can do it.” “Good,” said Tightrope, “then you get in the wheel barrow.” The word “believe”, in Greek means “to live by”. This is a nice story that makes you ask, how often do we say that we believe Christ can do it, but refuse to get in the wheelbarrow?
Isn’t that great?
I’m really excited to use it this illustration on Sunday. I’m going to make sure I rehearse the story a few times so I don’t stumble over the details. I want the story to make as big an impact as possible.
Do you have any favorite story illustrations? I’d love to hear them. Shoot me an email anytime. nathan -at- betterbibleteachers -dotcom-Share this post: