The rope of faith upon which I hang has knots in it to which I can cling, but the knots sometimes seem to unravel. When that happens, I have to hold on so very much tighter.
S. Michael Wilcox, "Holding On", Deseret Book 2021
When I think of hanging on a rope, I can't help but think of those gym classes where you have to climb up a rope. I never had to do that luckily.
However, we all must climb a spiritual rope of faith, or at least have the option to climb it or not. I also can't help but think of the fact that the higher we get, the closer to our goal we get, and the tighter we have to hold on. The air gets very thin, the wind becomes stronger, and there's of course the fear of falling and the higher you get....that's a long fall.
That is so much like life. The closer we get to Christ, the tighter we need to hold on as the winds (temptations) and anything else Satan hurls our way get more intense. Not to mention the rope starts swaying until it sways violently. Then there are the storms and the lightening, etc. All of this in an attempt to knock us off the rope.