A Grizzly Tale of Faith
I heard this illustration the other day on a podcast…it’s the kind of illustration a pastor might use. I hope you can bear it.
Three guys were being chased by a bear(get the previous pun?). They ended up at the edge of a cliff with a frozen lake below. The first guy, unsure if the ice would hold him, crawled over the edge, hung by his hands, let go, landed on the ice and proceeded to run.
The second guy stopped at the edge of the cliff, waited to see if the first guy broke through the ice. When he didn’t, the second guy decided to jump, unsure if the ice would survive his landing. He jumped, landed on the ice, it held, then continued running where the first man took off.
The third guy seeing the first two, didn’t hesitate, continued to run from the bear, jumped, landed on the ice, and continued after the first two.
In the end, all three were saved. It’s a pretty grizzly tale. I hope I don’t polarize you with these puns.
It wasn’t their approach that saved them. Whether they hung, cautiously jumped, or leaped… regardless of their apprehension…. in the end it was the thickness of the ice that saved them. The reliability of the ice. All three were saved because the ice was safe, reliable, trustworthy.
What are you building your life on?
As your pastor for this moment, I would encourage you to put your faith… your trust in Jesus Christ. One hymn encourages us… “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly trust in Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
I believe Jesus is who he said he was. I believe he did what the Bible records him doing. I believe it because I’ve experienced it.
It doesn’t matter how we get to faith in Christ, what matters is Jesus Christ. He is the ice that can support our weight.
Blessings on you and your family. Remember God loves you!