The Charles Blondin Story
A Lesson On Faith
The amazing Charles Blondin story is that of the famous French tightrope walker crossing Niagara Falls.
It is a great story illustration of what true faith is.
Blondin’s greatest fame came in June of 1859 when he attempted to become the first person to cross a tightrope stretched over a quarter of a mile across the mighty Niagara Falls.
He walked across 160 feet above falls several times, each time with a different daring feat –
Once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and once he even carried a stove and cooked an omelette!
On one occasion though, he asked for the participation of a volunteer.
A large crowd gathered and a buzz of excitement ran along both sides of the river bank.
The crowd “Oooohed!” and “Aaaaahed!” as Blondin carefully walked across one dangerous step after another — blindfolded and pushing a wheelbarrow.
Upon reaching the other side, the crowd’s applause was louder than the roar of the falls!
Blondin suddenly stopped and addressed his audience:
“Do you believe I can carry a person across in this wheelbarrow?”
The crowd enthusiastically shouted, “
Yes, yes, yes. You are the greatest tightrope walker in the world. You can do anything!”
“Okay,” said Blondin,
“Get in the wheelbarrow…..”
The Blondin story goes that no one did!………
(Later in August of 1859, his manager, Harry Colcord, did ride on Blondin’s back across the Falls.)
The story of Charles Blondin paints a real life picture of what faith actually is.
The crowd had watched his daring feats.
They said they believed, but their actions proved they truly didn’t.
It’s one thing for us to say we believe in God. It’s true faith though when we believe God and put our faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Don’t worry, Jesus has carried many across to Heaven’s gates. He can be trusted!