On July 30, 1859, 35-year-old Jean-Francois Gravelet – better known as Blondin – walked the 335 m (1100 ft) separating the two banks of the Niagara River on a rope stretched 50 m (160 ft) above the raging waters of the Falls. The walk took 20 minutes . When Blondin finally reached safety; he was applauded by thousands of excited spectators.
After this first success, crossing the Niagara became almost a regular stroll for Blondin. He looked for ways to make each crossing a little more daring. So, Blondin devised a variety of new stunts. Onetime he did it blindfolded pushing a wheelbarrow. Once he did it with his feet in a sack. Another time he did it on stilts.
After one particularly daring crossing his business manager Harry Colcord was so excited by the performance that he declared it was the most wonderful thing in the world.
Blondin said “do you believe in me?”
Colcord said,” You bet I believe in you.”
“No do you really believe?”
“Yes. I believe.”
Blondin said, “alright, get on my back and we’ll go back over.”
So Colcord, ( I’m not making this up . . . ) Colcord got on Blondin’s back and together they went back across that rope. 160 ft above Niagra Falls without a net!
Colcord said that the ordeal was a nighmare from beinning to end. Blondin nearly lost his balance and fell six times.
What a testament to true belief. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and watch a man walk across a tightrope. Do you believe he can do it? Absolutely. Do you believe enough to get on his back and go with him?
That changes everything doesn’t it.
I think you already know where I’m going with this. We all say we believe Jesus. But do we really believe? Is it enough to sit in the comfort of the bleachers and applaud or does real belief demand that you get on his back and take the journey with him?
I find it interesting that whenever Jesus challenged someone to be his disciple he didn’t say to simply believe. He said, “Follow.” Get out of the security of your easy chair and climb up on his shoulders and take the ride with him! That’s belief. So, how much do you believe?
Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.