A Chasm Wide

Joe was walking in the wilderness when a grizzly saw him and began to charge. Joe did what came naturally, he turned and ran like a scared rabbit. Next thing he knew, he leapt over a cliff edge and found himself falling. He reached out and caught a bush, clinging to the cliff face. There he was, suspended between the canyon floor and the deep blue sky.
“Help!” He cried, “Is someone out there?”
The Lord God answered him, “I’m here. What do you want?”
“Save me,” Joe cried, “I’m about to fall to my death!”
“OK,” the Lord replied, “But you’ve got to trust me.”
“I do! I do!” Joe yelled, “Now save me!”
“All right,” the Lord answered. “If you really trust me, let go.”
There was a pause for several moments. Then came Joe’s voice again. “Is there anyone else up there?”
The truth is, of course, that there is no one else up there. In times of crisis we find ourselves grasping at straws, reaching out for answers from all kinds of places.
But there really is only one God. And in order to trust him, we have to let go a lot of other “stuff”.
We have to let go of our old habits, the ones that got us in trouble in the first place.
We have to let go of human answers to our problems. Humans (even human preachers) are flawed and lack the wisdom to offer all the answers.
We have to let go of the idea that we can figure this out all by ourselves.
The wise man says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).
Former British Prime Minister David Lloyd George once said, “The most dangerous thing in the world is to try to leap a chasm in two jumps.”
When you let go on a cliff face, your jumps are over. Better make sure you have somewhere to land. May I suggest you leap into the hands of the Lord?

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