Avoiding SplintersTelephone pole climbing is an art that requires courage.  In order to climb, it is necessary to wear spiked shoes and a belt that attaches round the pole.  Easy?  Sure!

However, learning the art of leaning backwards, putting all your weight on the belt and depending on it many feet above the ground, requires courage and trust.  When the full body weight is  on the belt, the belt holds tightly to the pole, and the shoe spikes dig into the hardwood pole, giving stability.

The pole climber is often suspended at a big height, over nothing but air, and his hands must be free to work on the wires.   His safety and his freedom of movement to carry out his work DEPEND on his keeping his weight on the belt.

Depending on the belt is difficult to learn, and many beginners painfully slide down the splintery pole because they fail to fully trust the belt.  It often takes the beginner a few such “splinter” experiences to convince him to put all his weight on that belt.

DividerIn our Christian life of faith, God wants us to grow (climb)
by depending on HIM
– by putting our ENTIRE trust in HIM.

We need to lean ALL our weight on Him,
just as the pole climber needs to put all his weight on the belt.

When we follow His leading, we are safe.
When our trust is firmly fixed in Him, we are safe.
We are free to serve wherever He leads,
whenever and whatever, without fear.

Psalm 37:5
New Living Translation
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.

Psalm 18:2
New Living Translation
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my Saviour;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. 

Proverbs 29:25
Contemporary English Version
Don’t fall into the trap of being a coward.
Trust the Lord, and you will be safe.

When we are hurt by “splinters” we should recognise
– just as the trainee pole climber –
that the fault is NOT in the equipment, OR the pole, OR the instructor.
The fault lies with our lack of faith:
our lack of dependence on our “Belt”.

Splinters can be most irritating and painful, but they are reminders that we need to depend on HIS strength and loving purpose for us.

We need to rest our ENTIRE weight on Him.

Sure, it takes a lot of courage to put things in God’s hands:
To give ourselves completely – our lives, our hopes, our plans:
To follow where He leads us, and make His will our own,
But all it takes is foolishness to go the way alone!
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Ephesians 6:16
Above all, take the shield of faith,
with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one

 #  Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death

About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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  1. amblingsaint says:

    Reblogged this on Ambling Saint and commented:
    Faith is being able to rest entirely on God.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    A life of faith is difficult for a person who feels better to trust what is seen than unseen. Yet The Lord wants us to live by faith. Not blind faith, but faith in the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God. Yes, Angela, i have found it is better to trust in God than in my weak and limited self. Praise The Lord He gives us the better option of trusting Him.

    • The pole climber usually has a few bad experiences before he realises his only means of success is to put all his weight on his belt. So too, as we progress in the life of faith, we learn – sometimes painfully – that when we trust our faithful God, He will ALWAYS cause us to triumph, and then each victory helps us to face the next.

      When I trust Him and follow His directions, I am safe and truly blessed. We serve an incredibly amazing God who loves us with an everlasting God and delights to shower us with the abundance of His blessings as we trust Him.

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