Before taking off for our cruise, I followed the online instructions about what to do before leaving home. I carefully made out the list of activities which I intended to do while on board the Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas.
Ride the wave-runner
Climb the rock-climbing wall
Ride the zip-line
Aboard ship, the day finally came when we weren’t in a port and I made my way through the line to get into the required helmet and harness for the zip-line ride high above the deck of the 17 story vessel. The attendant snapped the final clip to the safety harness and I stepped off the platform for my long-awaited ride.
About half way across I felt I couldn’t hang on any longer. What was I going to do? Then I realized I had a safety harness to hold me to the line. I relaxed and let the harness support me while I sped to the other side.
Is this not a picture of faith? When our hang-on is gone, we have to let go and let God carry us. Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you;” That word sustain in Hebrew is “to contain, hold in, endure.”
That reminds me of a poem I wrote once. It appears in my Daily Walk with Jesus devotional book written with Arythe Kolb. It goes like this:
Lord Jesus, my place of safety,
even when my hang on is gone and all seems lost,
whisper Your reassurance in my ear
and make me aware of Your presence.