February 2008 - Do you REALLY trust God?
Dear Parishioners and Friends of All Saints Church,
Parables exist in places other than the Bible. There is one on the Internet called “The Rope”. Maybe you have seen it. The story tells about a mountain climber who wanted to climb the highest mountain. He began his adventure after many years of preparation. But since he wanted the glory just for himself, he decided to climb the mountain alone. The night fell heavy in the heights of the mountain, and the man could not see anything. All was black. Zero visibility. And the moon and the stars were covered by the clouds.
As he was climbing, only a few feet away from the top of the mountain, he slipped and fell into the air, falling at a great speed. The climber could only see black spots as he went down, and the terrible sensation of being sucked down by gravity. He kept falling... and in those moments of great fear it came to his mind all the good and bad episodes of his life. He was thinking now about how close death was getting when all of a sudden he felt the rope tied to his waist pull him very hard. His body was hanging in the air. Only the rope was holding him, and in that moment of stillness he had no other choice but to scream: HELP ME GOD!!
All of a sudden, a deep voice coming from the sky answered: What do you want Me to do?
Save me, GOD!!! Do you really think I can save you? Of course I believe you can!
Then cut the rope tied to your waist....
Before I share the end of the parable with you, I want to ask you a very important question: do you really trust God? Or do you rely on your own wisdom and strength for all of your decisions? We might not like to admit it, but many of us are like the man in this parable. We go our own way until we get into trouble, and then we call on God, especially when we are at the “end of our rope.” The problem is, if that is the only time we call upon God, how do we know we can trust Him when He says, “Cut the rope tied to your waist”?
In the cold; in the dark; I don’t know about you, but hearing a voice that I was unfamiliar with telling me to sever my only apparent lifeline with reality, well, I’m not sure I could cut that rope. Maybe help will come. Maybe if I wait another day, another solution will present itself...
The Church exists for one reason: communion with God! If you are in communion with God, you will recognize His voice and you won’t wait until the end of the line to reach out to Him. If you REALLY believe in God, and if you REALLY trust Him, and if you every find yourself in this situation, you won’t hesitate to cut the rope. That is stepping out in faith. That is believing what is not yet seen. That is saying, “God, even though my senses tell me otherwise, I believe You have provision for me.” But before that can happen, you have to be in Church, and Church has to be in you! As a marquis outside a local church reads, “Laying in bed shouting, “Oh God, oh God!’, isn’t the same as going to Church.
As for the end of the parable, after God told the man to cut the rope, there was a moment of silence... The man decided to hold on to the rope with all his strength. The rescue team tells that the next day, a climber was found dead and frozen, his body hanging from a rope with his hands holding tight to it.... He was only 10 feet away from the ground...