The Wheelbarrow

Charles Blondin was an acrobat from the 1800s. One day, he had a cable stretched across Niagara Falls, and a crowd gathered around to watch him walk across this tightrope. The first time, he tied a blindfold around his eyes and asked the crowd if they thought he could do it. They cheered their agreement, and he started to walk across. When he made it to the other side safely, the crowd applauded.

Then, Blondin grabbed a wheelbarrow, and asked the audience if they trusted that he had the ability to make it across the tightrope, blindfolded and pushing a wheelbarrow. Everyone cheered, excited to watch him do this dangerous trick.

So, he put the blindfold on, got up to the tightrope, and asked the crowd one more question: “How much do you trust me? Who wants to get in the wheelbarrow?”

You can bet that there weren’t as many cheers from the crowd when faced with that question. They had all cheered their encouragement for Blondin to attempt the feat, but when asked if they believed in him enough to put their own lives in his hands, they were more hesitant.

Jesus wants that level of trust from us. If you’re a believer in Him, do you trust that you’re a part of the Church? That you’re a part of a group of people whose purpose is to change the world? Would you get in the wheelbarrow?

If you’re going to fulfill your purpose, your heart has to be open to the will of God. And a willing heart has trust as its foundation. It builds on what supports it. So what is your stance? What are you standing on? Everything in the world is competing for our attention, so we need to make sure that we are standing on something strong, something worth putting our complete trust into.

Getting in the wheelbarrow is the first step to fulfilling your God destiny. Stand on who God is, who He says you are, and what He has called you to do with your life.

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