There is a story told of Charles Blondin, a tightrope walker who walked over Niagara Falls in the mid 1800’s. He proved his expertise in many ways – in a sack, on stilts, on a bicycle, and in the dark. Amid the applause for his having pushed a wheelbarrow across the tightrope, he asked, “Do you think I can do it again?” There were shouts of “Yes.” He responded, “OK, get in.” No one got in.

I think that explains a note written in the margin of Granddad’s Bible that says: “get in wheelbarrow if you believe.” The scripture he underlined is “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar.”

What an adventure awaits those who “get in His wheelbarrow.”  My prayer is that I walk close enough to God so I can hear his voice; then if he tells me to get in, I jump in the “wheelbarrow” and let Him push me across the Falls!


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. mandibelle16 says:

    Amen. A great devotion and story Oneta . Thank you for sharing, it was just what I needed this afternoon.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thank you, Mandibelle, for letting me know it blessed you. I’m always thrilled to get a comment by you. You are so accomplished.

      • mandibelle16 says:

        Thanks Oneta I’m honored you think so. I enjoy your posts often, even if I don’t get to comment as much as I’d like. And I think you are very accomplished too! 🙏🏻😊

  2. Roos Ruse says:

    I love this sound, country wisdom, Oneta. I’m in!

    • oneta hayes says:

      I love finding notes in Granddad’s Bible. I know how he thought. He was a simple man and easy to understand. Thanks, Roo. Let’s see where the wheelbarrow Pusher takes us! 😀

  3. This is wonderful Oneta! Yes….I hope I am ready to jump in that wheelbarrow also when invited.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Wouldn’t it be exciting to go with Roo and I. What an adventure! Actually it seems that my adventure days are over since I hardly leave the house anymore…but there is still blogging. Just think if I were still running around I might never have met the chickengrandma. That’s an adventure I would never have dreamed of; I’m glad the Lord dreamed it for me. 😀

  4. Faye says:

    wow! This piece is certainly thought-provoking and challenging. Makes us all think about how much we really lean on and come to totally TRUST our God. The very thought of ‘jumping in the wheelbarrow” in such dangerous circumstances is a real impetus to enlarge our faith. Thank you.

  5. calensariel says:

    I love to write in my Bible margins, too. Another interesting little peek into your daddy’s life this time! Love these, Oneta.

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