Isaiah 41:13 (New International Version)
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
The story is told of a mountain climber, who was desperate to conquer the Aconcagua . He initiated his climb after years of preparation. Wanting all of the glory for himself, he went up alone. He started climbing and it was becoming later, and later. He did not prepare for camping so he decided to keep on going. Soon it got dark... very dark.
Night fell with heaviness at a very high altitude.
Visibility was zero.
Everything was black. There was no moon, and the stars were covered by dark clouds. As he was climbing a ridge and he reached about a 100 meters from the top, he slipped and fell. Falling rapidly to the bottom he could only see blotches of darkness passing by. He felt a terrible sensation of being sucked down by gravity.
He kept falling.... and in those anguishing moments good and bad memories passed through his mind. He thought for sure that he would die. ! But then he felt a jolt around his waist that almost tore him in half. Yes!! Like any good mountain climber he had staked himself with a long rope.
In those moments of stillness, suspended in the air with the rope tied around his waist he had no other choice but to shout,
"HELP ME GOD", "HELP ME!"
All of a sudden, just like the good God that He is the man heard the answer to his prayer A deep voice from heaven spoke..."What do you want me to do?"
"SAVE ME", he pleaded.
"Do you REALLY believe I can save you?"
"OF COURSE, MY GOD"
God replied, "Then according to your faith, cut the rope."
There was another moment of silence and stillness. The man gasped and just held tighter to the rope.
The rescue team says that the next day they found, a frozen mountain climber hanging strongly to a rope....
TWO FEET OFF THE GROUND.
Do we really believe that God can save us? I know, I know the rope is tangible. We can feel the rope. We think we know what our chances are with the rope.
But, God has great and marvelous things for us. Whatever it is, why don't you let it go?
CUT THE ROPE AND SIMPLY! TRUST IN HIM!
Dear Lord we pray that we would have the faith to let go of the rope today and fully trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.