Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dangling Dingbat

            Do you fall a lot?  I do!  If I’m not falling, I’m tripping over or bumping into something. I can trip over an air molecule.
            My mom sent me an e-mail that I can relate to.  It was about a man who tripped and fell off a cliff.  As he plummeted down, he managed to grab onto a twig sticking out from the side.  Of course he cries for, “HELP!”  Guess who answered?  Not Lassie.  God himself showed up.
 He asked the man, “Do you trust me?”
            “Oh yes, Lord I trust you,” the man answered.
            “Do you trust me enough to deliver you to safety?” The Lord asked.
            “Oh yes, Lord I do trust you enough to deliver me back to safety,” the man answered.
            “Then let go of the twig,” the Lord told him.
            The man started to yell again, “HELP!  HELP!”
            I don’t know about you, but my first thought was what a dingbat that man was. I would have let go of that twig right then and there! Or would I?  Or do I?  It’s easier to say “I trust you Lord,” than it is to actually do it.  I’m not talking about dangling from a cliff wall: I’m talking about our everyday lives. So many times I refuse to let go of my twig.  I know God can do all, but do I really trust Him enough to do it?  Am I like that dangling dingbat?  Do I have the faith that God won’t let me fall if I let go?
            “Fear not, for I am with you;
            Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
            I will strengthen you, Yes I will help you,
            I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
            Let’s face it; nobody would ever be able to get off the side of that cliff safely without first letting go of that twig.  What twig(s) are you holding on to for dear life?  Do you want to be a dingbat and dangle in frustration or find safety and strength with your God?


  1. My hands are crammed full of twigs! Isn't it crazy that I know what's best and yet I choose - yes, choose - to be a dingbat. Time to let loose of some of my twigs. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Love the picture this story generates and your comments. It's so easy isn't it to think "what a jerk for not trusting God and letting go of the twig"! I know me, though, and I'd be holding on for dear life! I trust God, but then do I really? Great post and great little nudge to examine our own lives to see how many twigs we are holding. Most of us are probably like Linden - holding and entire bouquet of twigs. And they don't even bloom!