My Rescue (a poem or sorts)

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I cried out “my foot is slipping”
as I clung horrified to the rock.
Deep below my fall would kill
jagged and deadly…deep below.

In panic and pain strength, it waned
I knew I could not go on.
And just when it seemed I would fall
and my body, broken would fail
His hand reached me at last.

Within His grasp, my breath I gasped
My life had faced death’s cold stare
Yet there He stood, Jesus my Lord
and I knew that I was saved!

From death’s fearful grave
to life – rays of light warm my soul.
For He walks beside me all this way
and I know I have been gloriously saved!  

Light our way!

Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

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Have you ever stumbled around in the dark?  I have on numerous occasions and usually it ends with me finding a light source only after finding unidentified objects in my path with my shins and toes!  Walking around in darkness is never desired, we need to see where we’re going in order to navigate safely through.  

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A few years ago I went on a cave tour in the mountains of Tennessee.  We descended down into this cave with our tour guide, at the surface it was a hot summer day, but when we arrived to the bottom of the cave it was a chilly fifty degrees.  After some instructions from our guide, we took another hike through some narrow portions of the cave.  We even crawled through some spaces at one point, which made it just a little bit claustrophobic for some.  Finally after we had climbed through the narrow crevice we found ourselves in a large cavern with walls that were at least 15 feet tall.  The ceiling sparkled as there were numerous deposits of some kind or another.  Finally our tour guide asked us to trust him and to do something unthinkable.  He asked us to turn our lights off.  So we did and suddenly our entire group was plunged into complete and total darkness.   It was momentarily unnerving when I considered how deep we were and all of the rock that hovered over our heads.  It was so dark that I couldn’t even see my hand in front of my face.  Our tour guide then spoke and said, this is what complete and total darkness feels like.  

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Sometimes in our spiritual lives we find ourselves in places like this.  Suddenly the light goes out and we’re standing there in the dark afraid and on the verge of panicking.  Perhaps we get there by our own strength and resources, we stray from God and try to do everything ourselves.  Other times we neglect our devotion and prayer life with God and we become disconnected with the Father.  And again suddenly we are plunged into a darkness  of our own choices.  

Whatever situation you may identify with know that this darkness can be conquered by His Word and His love!  He can and will guide us through this life if we let Him.  All too often I identify with the darkness because I take back my cares and concerns and think that I can do it all in my own strength.  Have you ever done that?  At times I think (and wrongly so) I don’t need any one’s help I’ve got this…but I couldn’t be more wrong.  

His Word will light our path if we’re consuming it daily!  But don’t stop there, allow His grace to fall on you each day, moment by moment as you invite Him into your day throughout your day!  

He will be your guide…do you trust Him?  

 

Falling in sinkholes or Rockin’ it out!

“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”  (Ephesians 5:15-17)

ImageJust look at this picture for a moment…let it sink in…(no pun intended).   Recently a man, while sleeping in his bed, lost his life because beneath his home a sinkhole had developed.  This Florida man’s body was never recovered because the earth beneath the home was too turbulent and unstable.  Imagine for a moment being in your bed asleep and suddenly the floor gives away and you not only dream you’re falling, but you literally are plunging to your death.  How horrifying a moment!  I don’t want to trivialize or make light of the grief this family must be going through.  To be there one minute and lost the next…it’s simply unbelievable and yet true.

In a very real sense, this is what can happen to us spiritually as followers of Christ if we’re not careful.  Jesus used an illustration like this to point out how important it is to not only hear His words but to put them into practice in our lives.  He said to put them into practice is like being a wise man who built his house upon a rock, where as if you don’t listen and apply His word you are like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand…watch out because a sinkhole could suck you down and you will disappear forever (My paraphrase).

What sorts of things in your life have the capacity to create sinkholes in your spiritual walk today?  Don’t be foolish, and don’t simply ignore the warning signs either!  If we are to be wise and live for Christ, then we must be careful and to utilize every opportunity God gives us each moment of every day!  We do not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know who holds our tomorrows!  So be wise, be firmly grounded and be mindful of the sinkholes in this world, Satan would love some company!

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