A group of us ladies talked about trust. It reminded me of an incident I’d heard about: In the mid-1800’s, Charles Blondin walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. One day he walked across pushing a wheelbarrow. The people were amazed. Then he asked, “Do you believe I could do that with a person in the wheelbarrow?” Some believed that he could, so he asked, “Which one of you will get into the wheelbarrow?”
This illustration points out that believing and trusting God requires not only mental assent, but also placing ourselves into God’s hands. God has already proven that He can not only walk the tightrope across the chasm of death, but also do it with a “wheelbarrow,” so to speak. He proved it when He raised Christ from the dead and promised that because Christ lives, we will live also. By His miracles, He has proven that His promises are true. By the experiences of real people like us that the Bible talks about, He has shown that He’s true to His word and has all power and is capable of doing whatever He chooses to do.
When we trust Him for salvation, it’s like we’re getting in the wheelbarrow. Now He has carried us across death’s chasm, and we’ve passed from death to life. The world we’re in is crumbling—as if we were standing on the brink of the Niagara Falls gorge, and that side of the river bank is being undercut by erosion. God says, come into the “wheelbarrow” of My Son’s death and resurrection, and let me take you from the “death” side of the falls that crumbles into eternal darkness to the “life” side of the falls that leads into ever-brightening light.”
Even on the “light” side of the gulf, we come across chasms—great difficulties, worries, fears, sadness—all the things that trouble humanity that are part of life’s experiences. Again, if we’re going to overcome and live the abundant life that Jesus promised us, we need to “get into God’s wheelbarrow”—cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us.
When I believe that He does care for me and that He will give me direction when I trust Him, He takes me safely across in “His wheelbarrow.”
Copyright Tricia Opitz 7/23/10