Once, a scientist was searching for the eggs of a very rare bird. He had heard this particular bird could be found in the highlands of Scotland and if he would search in a special, mountaineous area, chances were he would stumble upon a nest and the needed eggs. He carefully scanned the rocks and with good success. His heart skipped a beat, for there, far below and pressed against the side of a deep cliff was such a nest and he spotted three eggs. He jumped for joy, but how could he get to the eggs without falling into the ravine? As he pondered the predicament he spotted a young shepherd boy who was taking care of some goats.
“Hey boy,” the scientist shouted to the boy, “Do you want to earn a bit of pocket money?”
The boy looked up and shouted back, “Sure, Mister. What do you want me to do?”
Excitedly, the scientist ran over to the boy and told him he would lower the boy on a rope over the edge of the mountain, into the ravine, so he could take one of the eggs out of the nest and bring it back to him.
The boy thought for awhile and then a smile came over his face. “Sure, Mister. I’ll help you, but first let me go and get my father. He will have to hold the rope.”
It is a simple anecdote, but it contains a deep lesson for all of us. We cannot really trust a stranger. We know nothing about a stranger. We cannot put our faith in such a person. We can only put our faith in someone we know well. And that is the way it is with God too. If we trust Him, we will ask Him to hold the rope when things get tough or difficult.
Now the question is… do we know Him? Do we dare put our trust in Him when life is about to lower us into a ravine or do we rather put our trust in men or in some great, perceived talent of our own?
For those who call out to God the answer is clear. God will never let any of His children down. He always comes through and His arms are more than strong enough to carry us and our load of care. He may not always answer us the way we expect, but He will answer us. He cannot deny His own nature, nor can He break His own promises.
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. That is because it brings great peace when we know He holds the rope. It brings rest when we know He is standing beside us and that it is not necessary that we understand every little thing about life.
My Savior cares, O blessed thought, my savior cares.
God knows we cannot hold our own rope. We are His children, we live in His house and we can count on His help. It is as simple as that.
Then, what do we do?
That same question was presented to Jesus in John 6. “What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” Jesus answered and said unto them, “This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” (John 6:28-29)
Faith is pleasing unto God. Faith believes, even if the answers seem to be lacking. Faith leans on God even when the waves are high and the sun is out of sight.
This is not always understood as was proven by the fearful woman who was crossing the sea by boat. A terrible storm hit and the woman thought they were going to perish. Still, she had hope that at least the captain could help, so she ran up to the captain’s cabin, threw open the door and shouted in fear, “Captain… Captain… what are we going to do?”
The captain was peacefully smoking his pipe while he was steering the ship through the waves and calmly answered, “We will do what we have always done. We will trust God.”
“What?” The woman shouted. “It has come to that? O, my God, then we are lost.”
God knows His business. It is His world, his sea and His storm and we are holding on to His hands.
Let Him hold the rope. He knows what He is doing.