Climbing out on a limb

By Dave Henning / July 14, 2015

“Faith is climbing out on a limb, cutting it off, and watching the tree fall.”- Anonymous

In Chapter 18 (“Cut the Cable”) of The Grave Robber, Mark Batterson states that modern skyscrapers are possible as a result of Elisha Otis’ invention of an elevator braking system that ensured the elevator’s safety.  With this braking system, the sky literally was the limit.

To convince people to purchase his elevators, Otis conducted a demonstration at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1854.  As Otis stood on a platform governed by his braking system, he gave the command to an axman to cut the cable.  The braking system halted his freefall.

Matthew’s account of Jesus walking on water notes that Peter took a water walk as well.  Pastor Batterson believes that Peter felt the mixed emotions of fear-faith, yet he got out of the boat.  As Mark explains, the logical mind doesn’t consider all options:

“The logical mind can see only two options when stepping out of a boat in the middle of a lake- sink or swim.  That’s why most people stay within the comfortable confines of the boat.  That’s also why most people never walk on water.”

Mark concludes that miracles are glimpses of God’s providential care: “They are intersections where power and compassion parade God’s glory.”

Today’s question: In what area(s) of your life do you feel God’s prompting to step out of the boat?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Beaten by the waves”

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