In the summer of 1859 Charles Blondin daringly tightrope walked 160 feet above Niagara falls. Not once, not twice but several times back and forth, between the US and Canada.

He rode across on a bicycle, once in a sack, once he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet!

On the 15th of July Blondin walked backwards across the rope to Canada and came back pushing a wheelbarrow.

Blondin even pushed the wheelbarrow across blindfolded. Afterwards he shocked the crowd by asking for a volunteer! They had all been amazed at his feats but now he was asking for a volunteer to go across with him!

It is reported that he asked:

“Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”

The crowd was quick to reply YES!

But when he asked, “who will get in the wheelbarrow?”, no one replied.

(Later in August of 1859, his manager, Harry Colcord, did ride on Blondin’s back across the Falls. Though some accounts say it was his mother [Source])

This story of Charles Blondin shows us what faith really looks like. The crowd had watched his incredible feats. They said they believed, but their actions proved that deep down, they didn’t.

We can say we believe in God. However, true faith is when we believe God and put our faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Jesus has carried many across to Heaven’s gates. He can be trusted!

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