A Lesson in Faith – The Charles Blondin Story

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
March 4, 2010

The amazing story of Charles Blondin, a famous French tightrope walker, is a wonderful illustration of what true faith is.

Blondin’s greatest fame came on September 14, 1860, when he became the first person to cross a tightrope stretched 1,100 feet (over a quarter of a mile) across the mighty Niagara Falls. People from both Canada and America came from miles away to see this great feat.

He walked across, 160 feet above the falls, several times… each time with a different daring feat – once in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, in the dark, and blindfolded. One time he even carried a stove and cooked an omelet in the middle of the rope!

A large crowd gathered and the buzz of excitement ran along both sides of the river bank. The crowd “Oohed and Aahed!” as Blondin carefully walked across – one dangerous step after another – pushing a wheelbarrow holding a sack of potatoes.

Then at one point, he asked for the participation of a volunteer. 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 yelled, “Yes! You are the greatest tightrope walker in the world. We believe!”

“Okay,” said Blondin, “Who wants to get into the wheelbarrow.”

As far as the Blondin story goes, no one did at the time!

This unique story illustrates a real life picture of what faith actually is. The crowd watched these daring feats. They said they believed. But… their actions proved they truly did not believe.

Similarly, it is one thing for us to say we believe in God. However, it’s true faith when we believe God and put our faith and trust in His Son, Jesus Christ.

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10 comments
  1. Been to the Falls. It is a sight. To cross it is a feat.

    • I haven’t had the privilege of visiting the Falls. Maybe Mama T and I will take a little drive up that way….

      Stay Warm!!!

      Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

  2. seeker said:

    I will put my faith on Jesus but not on the hands of a man. That much I know.

  3. A bit like Peter walking on the water. You have to get out of the boat=you have to get into the wheelbarrow.

  4. My mind would not leave the 11,000 feet figure. It is not right. Too many zeros. It is probably a typo by the story typist. 1,320 feet is a quarter of a mile. Forgive me if I am being picky.

    • ….I did not check the numbers… Yours look a lot better!!!

      Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

      • I updated the numbers… now he want have to wear an oxygen mast to walk the tightrope!!! LOL Don’t tell anyone I changed the numbers…. 🙂

  5. fun part is… someone eventually did go with him across (at a point). smile. Now that’s complete trust and faith in man. Imagine if we did that with God? The impossible would be the norm lifestyle. I Wanna reach that height… help me Jesus!

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