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