July 9, 2019
Michelle Sandwell – Faith and Trust
Michelle shared the story of Charles Blondin, a famous French tightrope walker, who in 1860 became the first person to cross Niagara falls on a tightrope. He crossed several times and each time he did something extra such as crossing on a bicycle, blind folded, on stilts, another time he pushed a wheelbarrow across.
At one point he asked his audience if they believed that he could carry a person safely across in the wheelbarrow. The crowd showed their faith in him to be able to do so by yelling yes! We believe!
At that point Blondin asked the crowd for a volunteer to get into the wheelbarrow. No one did. The crowd had voiced that they believed but their actions proved otherwise. They said that they believed, had faith in him, but it would take trust to let him take someone across with him in the wheelbarrow.
In 2 Kings 5:1-14 we find Naaman a commander of the army of the king of Aram, the enemy of Israel. Naaman was a functional leper. During one of their raids they had taken a young girl captive to serve Naaman’s wife. This young girl from Israel told her mistress that if her husband went to see the prophet Elisha, he would cure him of his leprosy.
Naaman went to Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to him who told him to “wash yourself seven times in the Jordan, and your flesh will be restored and you will be cleansed.” This infuriated Naaman that Elisha didn’t personally appear to him to wave his hand over him and cure him. The fact that Elisha had told him to wash himself seven times in a river that he considered to be dirty and not worthy of him caused him to go off in a rage.
His servants asked Naaman “if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So Naaman humbled himself and went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored.
Naaman’s healing came about through the suggestion of captive servant girl. Why would this young girl who was forcibly taken from her family want her captor to be healed? Even at an early age she had a trusting relationship with a loving God. When we know the living God, He produces a heart of love, even for our enemies; even in the midst of any difficult circumstance.
We all go through difficult situations. “Never be afraid to Trust an unknown future to a Known God.” Corrie TenBoom