Recently, I went on an experience that was completely new for me. I tried ice climbing. Frontier Lodge, a Christian camp puts on the program “Intro to Ice,” and an older friend encouraged me to go. I definitely don’t regret the experience. However, when it was done, I didn’t just bring back good memories, I brought back a deeper understanding of God, and specifically, trusting and God. See, there are incredible parallels between ice climbing and God that I hadn’t expected. Follow me if you will, and let me explain.
See, when your ice climbing, your life ultimately depends on three things. First off, it depends on your skill as a climber to not fall. Unfortunately, for me, that’s still a work in process. Secondly, it depends, in our case since we were top-roped, on the person belaying you. Finally, and most importantly, it depends on your rope. In order for the climb to be successful, you have to put your entire trust in these things. If they fail, you come crashing down. It really is a matter of life or death.
So, it’s risky, putting all your trust in these things. But despite the risk, trusting in these elements are completely necessary to climb. Because if you don’t, you won’t climb. You’ll be restricted by your decision to stay away from the very things that allow you to climb. Ultimately, you’ll end up stuck on the ground, watching everyone else. Putting your trust in God is the same deal. To have a vibrant relationship with Jesus, and to live a walk of faith worth living, a faith that attracts the “lost,” you have to put your entire trust in God. The life of faith is impossible without He who provides it.
The other thing about trust is that you have to put your trust in the right place. For example, when your ice climbing, you not only need a reliable rope, but that rope needs to be anchored well. A good anchor is set in good, reliable ice. Some ice is filled with air, and while looks good, it wouldn’t stand a good chance of supporting you if you were to fall. When you trust in God, you’re putting your trust in something good and strong. Other avenues may look okay, but once they are tested they fall apart. Trust in and of itself means nothing, if trust is put in the wrong place.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 MSG)