Telephone pole climbing is an art that requires some courage.   In order to climb, it is necessary to wear spiked shoes and a belt that attaches round the pole.  Easy?  Sure!

However, learning the art of leaning backwards, putting all your weight on the belt and depending on it many feet above the ground, requires courage and trust.  When the full body weight is  on the belt, the belt holds tightly to the pole, and the shoe spikes dig into the hardwood pole, giving stability.

Depending on the belt is difficult to learn, and many beginners painfully slide down the splintery pole because they fail to fully trust the belt.  It often takes the beginner a few such “splinter” experiences to convince him to put all his weight on that belt.

Sometimes, the pole climber is suspended at a big height, over nothing but air, but his hands must be free to work on the wires.   His safety and his freedom of movement to carry out his work depend on his keeping his weight on the belt.

In our Christian life of faith, God wants us to grow (climb) by depending on HIM – by putting our ENTIRE trust in Him.  We need to lean ALL our weight on Him, just as the pole climber needs to put all his weight on the belt.

When we follow His leading, we are safe.  When our trust is firmly fixed in Him, we are safe.  We are free to serve wherever He leads, whenever and whatever, without fear.

When we are hurt by “splinters” we should recognise – just as the trainee pole climber – that the fault is not in the equipment, or the pole, or the instructor.  The fault lies with us. The fault lies with our lack of faith: lack of dependence on our “Belt”.

Splinters can be most irritating and painful, but they are reminders that we need to depend on HIS strength and loving purpose for us.  We need to rest our ENTIRE weight on Him.

Sure, it takes a lot of courage to put things in God’s hands:
To give ourselves completely – our lives, our hopes, our plans:
To follow where He leads us, and make His will our own,
But all it takes is foolishness to go the way alone!

Ephesians 6:16
Above all, Take the shield of faith,
With which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one

#  Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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  1. Debbie says:

    Oh those splinters! I have a few and He is indeed faithful to show me what went wrong and how to lean more fully each time. I love your analogies so much! It just brings those scriptures and His precepts to life for us! God bless you, mentor Angela, as you lean on Him today, hands free to praise too!


    • I’d like an extra pair of hands today Deb, as I try to catch up after being away. We came home a couple of days early because Myles had a problem. It is OK now and the Pacemaker implant is still scheduled for Friday 20th.

      Splinters sure can be painful, but our God is faithful and will use whatever is necessary to draw us back to Himself. How foolish to try to live our own way . . . but praise God He keeps a tight hold and will NOT let us go.

      What an amazing God!


  2. jelillie says:

    “Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.” That is a good word! I was just sharing with a parishoner that there are things we just have to understand we are never going to understand; We simply have to trust God through them! I love this analogy.


    • Trust God without understanding – a tall ask. However, when we experience the REALITY of knowing God and of having Him at work in our lives, it should be easy to trust Him even if everything around us urges us against it.
      What an amazing (and totally trustworthy) God!


  3. Ann says:

    Thanks much, Angela

    I much prefer to avoid the splinters :-)



  4. mtsweat says:

    Amen, friend. What a Savior! Love the analogy. Thanks for sharing His truth and God bless.


  5. Gloria says:

    A friend of mine just got a job which requires climbing poles. What a great illustration!

    “When we are hurt by “splinters” we should recognise – just as the trainee pole climber that the fault is not in the equipment, or the pole, or the instructor. The fault lies with us. The fault lies with our lack of faith: lack of dependence on our “Belt”.” That is a good word!!!


    • I have so often found that “splinters” happen when we fail to trust the Lord to do as He has promised. Thankfully, He lovingly draws us back to Himself and sets us back on the right path.
      What an amazing God!


  6. Rob Barkman says:

    What a blessing it is to be able to fully lean on the Lord and trust in Him. It is the key to being able to handle the stresses we face in this life. Great lesson that we all can learn from. Thank you Angela


    • Yes, Rob, it is the key. When we put our whole weight on Him, trusting Him, it is such a privilege and joy and we feel as though we are flying . . . but we are humbled because we know it is ONLY because He chooses to work in us and through us.

      What an amazing God!


  7. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Angela what a great message ,I loved the analogy of the linesman, I had`nt realised the importance of the belt. So true of us and our relationship with God .Full Trust and totally lean. Welldone


    • Hi Ron. Keeping their entire weight on the belt keeps them safe and also gives them freedom of movement, but it must be a mind-blowing experience to be sitting on the air, a long way off the ground! Sometimes I feel like that – but I know that “underneath are the everlasting arms” so I can trust and not be afraid when trials assail.


  8. writinggomer says:

    Love this post…I have climbed poles, and towers, still do. A full body harness to climb a tower is much more involved then a pole harness. Being a couple hundred feet in the air and having to lean back in the harness is not easy! But having absolute trust in Christ is even harder. That is what we are called to though. Our lives really flow so much better when we trust in Jesus and not ourselves.
    Thanks for a great post!



    • Thanks for the first-person addition here.
      >> “having absolute trust in Christ is even harder” – Yes, I agree. All we have to do is let go of self – but THAT is not easy. Even after more than 50 years of trusting Him and NEVER being disappointed, there are still times when I trust myself . . . and that is ALWAYS disastrous. Isn’t it incredible that we are so slow to learn and yet HE is so forgiving, loving and patient with us!

      What an amazing God!


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