Many years ago a French man named Charles Blondin strung a tightrope across Niagara Falls, and proceeded to traverse the raging waters. A crowd gathered as he successfully made his way back to his starting place. "Who here believes I can cross over Niagara Falls again, but this time pushing a wheelbarrow?" he asked. The crowd began shouting, "We believe, we believe!" Sure enough, Blondin steered that wheelbarrow successfully across the Falls and back, to the applause of the onlookers. "Who here believes Ï can cross over Niagara Falls a 3rd time, this time with a man in the wheelbarrow?" The crowd could barely control their enthusiasm. "We believe! We believe!' they shouted. Blondin replied,"Ok. Then who will be my first volunteer in the wheelbarrow?"
Silence. To Ponder:
- After all they had seen, the people were most likely sincere in professing their belief that Blondin could again walk across the Falls on a tightrope - this time with a person in a wheelbarrow. And yet, they didn't believe "enough" to be willing to take the risk and get into the wheelbarrow themselves.
- Is that reflective of our relationship with God? Do we believe God will provide, that God will take care of us... but just don't believe "enough" to give more freely and generously of ourselves and our possessions? How then do we move to believing "enough."
- Would you say there is a difference between belief and faith? Belief and trust?
(from our Sunday offering prayer) Blessed are you O God, maker of all things. Through your goodness you have blessed us with these gifts: our selves, our time, and our possessions; signs of your gracious love. Use us, and what we have gathered, in feeding the world with your love, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.