Posted by: Anne | December 1, 2008

The Rope

The Rope

There was once a mountain climber, who wanted to climb the highest mountain. After many years of preparation, he began his adventure. Since he wanted the glory just for himself, he decided to climb the mountain alone.

The night felt heavy in the heights of the mountain, and the man could not see anything. All was black, as the moon and the stars were covered by the clouds.

Still, the man climbed. As he was climbing, only a few feet away from the top of the mountain, he slipped and fell into the air, falling at great speed. The climber could only see black spots as he went down, and he felt the terrible sensation of being pulled by gravity. He kept falling, and in those moments of great fear, all the good and bad episodes of his life came to his mind.

He was thinking about how close death was getting, when suddenly the rope tied to his waist pulled him to a very hard stop.

His body was hanging in the air. Only the rope was holding him, and in that moment of stillness, he had no other choice but to scream, “HELP ME, GOD!”

Suddenly, a deep voice answered from the sky, “What do you want Me to do?”

“Save me, God!”

“Do you really think I can save you?”

“Of course I believe You can!”

“Then cut the rope tied to your waist.”

There was a moment of silence. Too afraid to let go, the man held on to the rope with all his strength.

The next day, the rescue team told of a climber’s body, found dead and frozen, hanging from a rope … only ten feet away from the ground.

* * *

And you? How attached are you to your rope? Will you let go?

Don’t ever doubt the things from God. You never should say that He has forgotten or abandoned you. Don’t ever think that He does not take care of you. Remember that He is always holding you with His right hand. (Isaiah 41:13)

(Thanks to Michele for sending me the link to this story!)

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