Friday, October 8, 2010

Sabbath Sharing

Friday, October 8, 2010
Here is a story that I would like to share with you this Sabbath. I copied it. I hope you'll enjoyed it.

Is There Anyone Else Out There?

One day, a young man decided to take a hike in the mountains. Planning on camping out, he carried with him an overstuffed backpack. As the afternoon turned into dusk, he stood at the edge of a cliff to watch the setting sun. Stumbling, he found himself tumbling down into the ravine. Reaching out desperately, the hapless hiker managed to grab a branch growing out of the side of the cliff. Barely hanging on, he screamed into the darkness "Help!! Help! Anyone out there?" The weight of his backpack threatened to send him toppling backwards; and as he clung tightly to the branch with both hands, he was unable to loosen the burden on his back.
With a crack of thunder, a deep voice filled the night air. "I can save you!" The man looked around, couldn't see anyone. Confused, he asked, "Who is this?" The voice replied, "This is God". Taken aback, the man asked, "Can you help me?" "Yes," God replied. "Let go of the branch". The man was silent for a time, and held on to the weakening branch, calling out again, "Is there anyone else out there?"
In times of uncertainty and chaos, it is natural to cling to the first thing we can grab onto and hold on fast. Like the man in this old tale, we often wrongly place our trust in something or someone that will eventually fail as our flimsy handhold was never designed to bear the full weight of our burden for long. In our blind panic, we often set aside rationality and blindly ignore the tell-tell signs that our makeshift supports are beginning to crumble.
God asks us to do a difficult thing at such times. In his wisdom, he knows that eventually our 'branch' will fail us and we will tumble down into the abyss, taking that branch along with us. He answers our timid plea, "Is there anyone else there?" with a simple request. "Let go." With a firm assurance that if we let go of our own self-sufficiency and unhealthy co dependence on others, God knows that he is more than able to carry us, no matter how heavy the weight we carry upon our shoulders.
Is it time for you to let go of the spindly branch on which you have inappropriately placed your trust? Is it time for you to take God at his word and step out in obedience to His Word?

Lets be inspired by His wonderful work. Happy Sabbath.God bless you!^^


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