Sunday worship 21st Feb 2021

The Great Blondin

The great circus performer Charles Blondin stretched a tight rope across Niagara Falls. It was 1,100 ft long, 3¼ inches in diameter and 160 ft above the water, near the location of the current Rainbow Bridge.

                He first did this on 30 June 1859, often with different theatrical variations: blindfolded, in a sack, trundling a wheelbarrow, on stilts, carrying a man (his manager, Harry Colcord) on his back, sitting down halfway while he cooked and ate an omelette, or standing on a chair with only one of its legs balanced on the rope.

                Once whilst taking a wheelbarrow full of bricks effortlessly across the cable, from one side of the falls to the other. Blondin turned to the crowd and asked,

                “Now, how many of you believe that I could push a man across the wire in the wheelbarrow?”

                The vote was unanimous. Everyone cheered and held their hands high. They all believed he could do it!

                “Then,” asked Blondin, “would one of you please volunteer to be that man?”

                As quickly as the hands went up, they went back down. Not a single person would volunteer to ride in the wheelbarrow and to trust his life to Blondin.

                Many people say to Jesus, “Yes, I believe!”

                If you are among those who say that, are you willing to demonstrate your belief by trusting your life to him?

                Are you willing to get in the wheelbarrow and to risk everything on your faith? That’s what it means to believe.

                Faith is not just an intellectual exercise. It involves total commitment.

Amen.

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