2017.Blogs.Believing is trusting15Trusting someone means that you believe you can count on that person. Giving someone your trust can be difficult, especially when you have a hard time giving up control. The fact that believing is closely intertwined with trust is well illustrated in the following story:

There was once a tightrope acrobat that wanted to cross from the top of one high building to the next. Hundreds of people gathered to see the spectacle, no one wanted to miss out! As the acrobat was preparing to walk the tightrope, he called out to the crowd: “How many of you believe I can do this?” The crowd responded with enthusiasm; a show of hands went up in the air. The acrobat asked again: “How many of you believe I can do this?” And again, the crowd cheered and they all raised their hands.

When the acrobat asked them the same question a third time, some of the people became impatient: “Yes, of course we believe that! Just go now!” The acrobat said: “Ok, ok, if you truly believe that I can do it, then whom of you will allow me to carry them in my arms to the other side?” The crowd went silent…you could hear a pin drop…until a little boy came forward from the crowd, with his hand raised. “I will let you carry me!” he cried out, convinced. He walked straight up to the acrobat and allowed himself to be lifted up. Meanwhile the crowd watched breathlessly how the two inched their way forward over the tightrope. It seemed to take hours. As soon as the acrobat had reached the other side, the crowd sighed collectively in relief.

How impressed they were! How amazed at the acrobat! But they were even more impressed by that little boy, who was willing to risk his life for this act. The excitement in the crowd continued as they discussed what they had just seen, until someone yelled out: “Wait a minute! This is all a charade! That little boy isn’t just any little kid…he is the acrobat’s son!!!”

Yes, that was right! He was the acrobat’s son, and he had an intimate knowledge of what his father was capable of! And just like the son surrendered and trusted his father, in the same way we can surrender ourselves to Jesus. Jesus is the acrobat. He is the only one who can carry you safely to the other side…

Trusting someone means that you believe you can count on that person. Giving someone your trust can be difficult, especially when you have a hard time giving up control. The fact that believing is closely intertwined with trust is well illustrated in the following story:

There was once a tightrope acrobat that wanted to cross from the top of one high building to the next. Hundreds of people gathered to see the spectacle, no one wanted to miss out! As the acrobat was preparing to walk the tightrope, he called out to the crowd: “How many of you believe I can do this?” The crowd responded with enthusiasm; a show of hands went up in the air. The acrobat asked again: “How many of you believe I can do this?” And again, the crowd cheered and they all raised their hands.

When the acrobat asked them the same question a third time, some of the people became impatient: “Yes, of course we believe that! Just go now!” The acrobat said: “Ok, ok, if you truly believe that I can do it, then whom of you will allow me to carry them in my arms to the other side?” The crowd went silent…you could hear a pin drop…until a little boy came forward from the crowd, with his hand raised. “I will let you carry me!” he cried out, convinced. He walked straight up to the acrobat and allowed himself to be lifted up. Meanwhile the crowd watched breathlessly how the two inched their way forward over the tightrope. It seemed to take hours. As soon as the acrobat had reached the other side, the crowd sighed collectively in relief.

How impressed they were! How amazed at the acrobat! But they were even more impressed by that little boy, who was willing to risk his life for this act. The excitement in the crowd continued as they discussed what they had just seen, until someone yelled out: “Wait a minute! This is all a charade! That little boy isn’t just any little kid…he is the acrobat’s son!!!”

Yes, that was right! He was the acrobat’s son, and he had an intimate knowledge of what his father was capable of! And just like the son surrendered and trusted his father, in the same way we can surrender ourselves to Jesus. Jesus is the acrobat. He is the only one who can carry you safely to the other side…