Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Hymn-a-Day May series. I pray that these paired daily selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
Proverbs 3:5-6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
This passage from the book of Proverbs in the Hebrew scriptures calls us to trust in God with all our hearts and not to rely solely on our own insight. Faith means much more than assent to a set of beliefs. At its heart, faith is really synonymous with trust. To have faith in God is to “trust in the Lord with all our hearts.”
161 years ago Jean Francois Gavelet, who went by the stage name Charles Blondin, was the first person to walk a tightrope across Niagara Falls. He walked a 3-inch, 1,100-ft. hemp rope 160 feet above the falls. On his crossing, which he achieved using a long balancing pole, Blondin executed a daring backwards somersault. Then, he crossed blindfolded; then, pushing a wheelbarrow; then, on stilts; then, in the dark with Roman candles flaring from his pole tips; and he even sat down halfway on one crossing to make and eat an omelette! A little over a year after his first crossing, he even made a crossing carrying his manager, Harry Colcord, on his back.
Now, there were many thousands of people who, if asked whether they believed Blondin could cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope, would give a resounding “Yes!” However, ask how many would climb onto his back for the trip and the only one answering yes would be his manager, Harry Colcord.
Others believed, but Harry Colcord had faith—he trusted with all his heart.
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster