Thoughts of...The Wheelbarrow
At the turn of the 20th century, in a small town in Italy, lived a small boy named Angelo. Angelo was born into a circus family. He, his father, and his brothers were trapeze artists while his sisters tamed animals. Angelo was the youngest boy, but the star of the show. The main part of his act involved walking a high wire with a wheelbarrow to balance him. The act was made more difficult by putting objects into the wheelbarrow, sometimes to near over-flowing. As his act grew in fame, Angelo eventually hired a manager who took him and his daring act to America.
His act was a great success the first year in America, but then the crowds started to dwindle. The manager knew the act needed something new and different and exciting to get the crowds back. After pondering it for several weeks, he came up with an idea. Angelo would take his wheelbarrow act outside the Big Tent into the city where he would tightrope with his wheelbarrow between tall buildings. Without a net. Angelo was a little hesitant but after a little persuading by his manager, he agreed. Soon he was doing his high wire wheelbarrow act in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities, walking thirty stories above the hard, unforgiving ground. Business was great again! However, after another year the crowds again dwindled. Searching for one last venue, Angelo's manager decided to have Angelo walk across the Grand Canyon.
With weeks of preparation, a wire was anchored across the Grand Canyon. The stage was set. The manager sold many tickets and thousands of people came to see this final act. When show time arrived, Angelo took his wheelbarrow and proceeded to walk out on the wire. The distance was great and Angelo's heart was racing. Even one small misstep out of thousands needed to cover that great distance would be fatal. As he placed his first step on the wire, the wind picked up so he stepped down. Repeated attempts ended the same way. After a while, the crowd grew antsy and impatient. Finally, the manager went to Angelo. "Angelo, what's the matter?". Angelo said, "The wind is too strong and I cannot walk across until it dies down". The manager could sense both the fear of his client and the mood of the audience. He encouraged Angelo to go across, citing all the many high wire walks he had made in his career. He had great confidence in Angelo and faith in his ability. Angelo stared at his manager and asked, "Do you really have that great a faith in my ability?" The manager replied that he indeed did. "Angelo, I believe in you with all my heart.” To which Angelo said, "Then get in the wheelbarrow."
We readily proclaim that we serve an awesome God, the sovereign Lord God Almighty for Whom nothing is impossible (Mark 10:27, Luke 1:37, Heb 6:18). We praise Him for His supernatural power that is far beyond our comprehension. We know that He is “in the miracle business.” We exalt that He is always on the Throne, even right now, and in complete control of all circumstances. Because He is all-knowing and all-powerful, He is never surprised by our circumstances, even though we are continually surprised. Rather, He allows circumstances in our lives so that He might build our faith in Him and His absolute power (1 Cor 10:13). The inerrant Word of God reveals His absolute trustworthiness and faithfulness. We know these things, don’t we? Therefore, the Infinite Lord calls finite men to walk not by sight but by faith (2 Cor 5:7).