By Michael Tidwell
Recently, Noah and I went indoor rock climbing, which was a lot of fun. After being there for a while, I decided to tackle one of the more difficult climbing walls. I wanted to show Noah, that though his dad is in his mid thirties, he is not over the hill. I climbed about 15′ up, when my strength gave out. Even though, I had a safety harness on, I could not bring myself to let go. Finally, I mustered up the courage to let go of the grips and I was safely lowered to the ground. It is difficult for us humans to let go. We like to hold on to our limited abilities, problems and our past. Though we do not like what they have to offer, we find comfort in being in control and knowing what we can expect. One of the greatest fears that we have, is the unknown. Letting go will often place us in a position of being in the unknown and having to fully trust in Christ and His Word. It takes Faith to let go of what is binding us and faith is what pleases our Father.
Cut the Rope!
Cut the Rope!
The story is told of a mountain climber who desperately wanted to conquer the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Argentine Andes. He initiated his climb after years of preparation. Because he wanted the glory all to himself, he went up alone. As the day passed and it began to get dark, he did not stop to camp for the night but kept going. Night fell. There was no moon. Clouds covered the stars. Visibility was zero. Everything was black. As the climber neared a ridge at about a hundred meters from the top, he slipped and fell into the total darkness below. In those anguishing moments when he was in free fall, memories flashed through his mind, both good and bad. He was certain he would die. But then a jolt almost tore him in half. Like any sensible mountain climber, he had used pitons and a long rope tied around his waist to stake himself to the mountain. The top piton held, and the rope broke his fall. He groped in the darkness for the side of the mountain, but it was out of reach. In the terrifying moments that followed, as he hung suspended, he cried out in desperation, “Help me, God ! Help me ! “. Then he heard a voice from Heaven. ” Cut the rope !” ” What ?” ” Cut the rope !”More stillness followed, as the man held all the tighter and swung slowly back and forth, hoping in vain to make contact with the side of the mountain. Other climbers found him the next day, still hanging from the mountain, frozen to death … two feet above a wide ledge. Unseen by him, the ledge would have been a safe spot where he could have dropped, recovered, built a small fire for warmth, and camped for the night.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord. Follow @mc_tidwell