Tuesday October 24, 2017 – Lesson of the Pamper Pole

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Our 3rd son Andrew was part of a mission intern program in Colorado Springs from August 1999 – June 2001.  The program included an extensive amount of physical training along with the spiritual.  During his first year we got to watch the interns (both guys and girls) working out on the “Ropes Course” that was similar to the one used by the USAFA Cadets.

One event called the Pamper Pole really amazed me.  It was a telephone pole about 30 feet high that the interns would climb – wearing a harness and blindfolded.  Once an intern got to the top of the pole, s/he had to somehow get himself up on it so s/he was standing on the flat top of the pole that was about 15” in diameter.  Being blindfolded meant they had to trust the leader who was directing them.  He would tell the intern to turn so that s/he was facing a trapeze bar that was suspended out away from the pole.  Then the intern had to leap out from the pole and grab the trapeze bar that s/he couldn’t see.

We saw some interns fall off the pole; while others, who made it to the top, we saw leap out and miss.  All of these interns were swinging, high off the ground, in their protective harness.  Then there were those who caught the bar, did pull-ups, and were then lowered to the ground by means of the harness.

The interns were doing something that was frightening and difficult.  They knew if they made a mistake, the worst that could happen was a little embarrassment and they would be swinging in the air before being lowered to the ground so they could try again.  Sounds a lot like life, doesn’t it.

The security and safety provided by the harness form a wonderful illustration of how our faith in the Lord is intended to do the very same thing.  Faith in Him protects us and enables us to perform adventures that we otherwise wouldn’t do.  We need to recognize that our faith is every bit as real and protective as the harness the interns wore.  We might fall or stumble.  We might miss the bar, but faith enables us to overcome fear and pursue the adventures the Lord calls us to.


About Don Schmidt

Beginning in the fall of 2009, Don was VP of Operations & Director of Student Life for 2 years at Williamson Christian College in Franklin, TN - a wonderful, accredited 4 year college for adult learners. That is where he started writing the devotionals. The passion of his heart is to love God and to help others learn to love God more and more. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI - Class of '66. Graduated from Michigan State in '70 and Wheaton Grad School in '78. Thunderous conversion October 11, 1968. He and Donna were engaged 2 hrs & 15 minutes after they met August 25, 1969 at a Christian camp in Georgia. They married in '70 and have 4 wonderful sons. Most of his adult career has been in business in NE Ohio. They lived for 20 years in Peninsula, OH. They attended St. Luke's Ministries (Anglican) in Copley, OH for many years. Six years ago they were reassigned by the Lord to attend River of Life Community Church in Hudson, OH. St. Luke's prayerfully sent them off on this new adventure with much love.
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