Friday, September 28, 2007

The Rope of Hope

I've been searching Youtube and Imeem for a couple of days now looking for the song or video to accompany this post, but I'll just have to do without it.

I'd like to share a story I USED to know that recently came to mind.

Rev. Clay Evans tells a story of a father and son who were out fishing (I think) and the son slipped in the water and started to drown. The father of course, became frantic...moreso because he couldn't swim either.

Rev. Evans pauses in the telling of the story to say, "you know how it is to want to do something for your child but CAN'T"

The father looked around and found a rope and tossed one end of it to his child. The struggling boy took hold of the rope and the father began to pull him in, BUT the rope began to break...the rope began to break...hope began to fail!!!

The father begame afraid again, as well his son. Now, since I can't fully remember all the details of the story, I'm going to say GOD whispered to the father, who then told his son, "REACH BEYOND THE BREAK!" "REACH BEYOND THE BREAK, AND HOLD ON!"

I was reminded of this story this week, as I thought about the impending trails that befall us...DAILY; those breaks in the rope of hope. We've got to stregthen our reach.

I started this fitness challenge early this month and the process included a "Reach" Test, where I had to sit on the floor and streeeeeetch my back and arms as much as I could in order to measure my reach on this yard stick. NOW, that was just the begining...that was to see where I STARTED! The challenge is 8 weeks long and we're in the third week, but within the next 5 weeks my reach should have improved; my back should be stronger and my arms should reach longer.

Life will have some things to test you, and the world may seem to be drowning you and even when there appears to be a "Rope of Hope" to refresh you...to encourage you...to push you further, Please don't get discouraged whn you notice a break in the rope...please don't feel like..."I just can never get a "break." Please don't feel like God's got it out for you...just make sure your back is strong and your arms are long then Reach Beyond The Break, and Hold On (Until you change comes)!

I just can't go it alone, so here's a lil word from one of my favorite Rev's, Clay Evans:

38 comments:

Sojourner G said...

Reach beyond the break huh? This will minister to many. So often we stew and wallow instead of helping ourselves. Yes we need to pray, but God has given us the ability to think and to do. Equally important, He has given us the example of his Son who persevered through it all. If the Garden of Gethsemane wasn't a rope breaking moment, I don't know what was.

None of us are on the level of Christ, but he left the example for us to follow.

This is golden.

DurtyMo said...

JMW I surely needed this. I pride myself on being able to "hold on" and not let life get me down because in the end I know who I am and WHOSE I am. But sometimes you find yourself questioning what it is that you know that you know that you and I'm so happy that you shared this blog today! You just don't know how inspirational and wonderful you are!!!

KIKI said...

So, so true just! HE never puts on you more than you can bear. As you so well stated, all you have to do is be strong & hold on! There will be a brighter day!

Yeah...what durtymo said...Inspirational!

Mizrepresent said...

well luv, i needed this...this week has been trying indeed...my nephew, who just last weekend spent it with me and my son is missing...noone has seen him since Monday...i am hurting, and heartbroken...and praying on the daily for his return, my fav aunt passed on Monday too...sometimes too much too handle...but i'm holding on, and praying for the reach.

neshia said...

i will keep you in my prayers

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JustMeWriting said...

God Lord, Miz...I KNOW you KNOW that the Lord is the ONLY one who'll bring you and your family through this trying time. My prayers are with you and your family.

That is a LOT to have to deal with, but like our sista's said above...He won't put more on you...God's will is His will and sometimes it's hard to understand or even stand, but don't give up hope...the world is dying because we've stopped believing in the POWER of the Lord...we don't see change because we don't believe...that mustard seed faith...the faith like the women with the issue of the blood...Blind Bartimus...the man who ask the Lord to SPEAK a word of healing and his servant will be healed.

We've got to call Him like we KNOW Him. I'll be praying for you...please let me know what's happening with things.

BroRoll said...

U like Rev. Clay Evans like me huh, "Reach Beyond The Break" is one of my favorite songs by him since he is my favorite. I uploaded those sermons of him, but love it when he talks about being apart of Wilderness Experiences where God Test you and really find out how you connect to him while your going through.

Reach Beyond the Break and Hold on, And Don't Let Go your Faith.

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