One evening a man was out walking, but he had become so absorbed is his own thoughts that, without realizing, had wandered way off course and was now completely lost. It was getting late and cold and would soon be dark. An hour or so passed and it was now pitch-black. He began to feel afraid and his steps became quicker and unsteady.
Suddenly, something underneath him gave way and he fell. He tumbled down and down and just as he way about to fall over a ledge, he managed to grab onto a branch. But, he was now just hanging there; no way to climb back up and nothing but darkness below him.
“Help! Somebody!! Please… Help me!” he cried out. But no one came; it was a desolate place. He was terrified. His hands were freezing cold and he was losing his grip on the branch.
There was no one to help!! In sheer desperation this man, who was an atheist, calls out to God, “Please… please… if you’re there… God… please help me, save me and I will believe in you always!!”
Suddenly, and to his amazement, a voice echoed all around him, “Trust Me… Let Go… I’ve Got You… Trust In Me.”
The man looked around him and below him and thought for a moment, then he mumbled to himself, “Let go? Trust? You must think I’m mad?? No way!”
This story doesn’t always end like this but I think that many people find themselves in this man’s situation. Maybe not necessarily hanging from a branch in the middle of no where, but never the less in a desperate situation where all their deepest instincts are telling them just to let go, to surrender themselves to that small still voice whom we know deep down is God reaching out to us; yet we resist, we hesitate …fearing to reach back and drop… into what our physical senses show to be unknown, with just trust. But we are so full of doubt and fear that they we just cling on to our problem even tighter instead.
The alternate ending to this story is that the desperate man, sensing he has little choice, decides to let go. He falls into the void below, but moments later he finds himself on solid ground. It had been so dark that he could never have known that the ground was no more than about 7ft below. He was safe and unharmed. What’s more, it turns out that the ground he has landed on is a pathway; the pathway he had been searching for all along – the route home!
To me, this whole story is an awesome metaphor for having the courage to trust what is deepest within us or that voice answering from on high, from the Heavens above-God, no matter what, to have the nerve to surrender ourselves to Someone greater than us.
We will get a beautiful surprise. The dark void is actually the world of unbelievers, lost self-thinking, idea grabbers- New age beliefs that are very old and proven unreliable. The ‘ground’ below is actually the “Foundation”, which is another way of saying The One True God. This is most definitely the way home!
Is 43:11 “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”
Is 44:6 “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”
Is 44:8 “Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.”
Is 45:5 “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: ...”
Is 45:6 “That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.”
Is 45:21 “Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.”
Jn 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”
Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. ”
1 Jn 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
Rom 8:9 “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.”
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Hos 6:1 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. “