Scripture: Heb. 13:8; I Thess. 5:24
Are you ready to take a step of faith with me? After writing my devotion last week, this is exactly what I need to do. My title last week was, “Hinds Feet in High Places,” emphasizing “the just shall live by faith” (Hab. 2:4). There is a book with that title by Hannah Hurnard which is an allegory similar to “Pilgrim’s Progress.” At the end of her book she wrote about lessons she had learned when she had gone to the Swiss Alps to be alone with the Lord. Six years later she would write this book from lessons she had learned from the Lord while she was in the mountains. She described some of the moments she with God. There is one in particular that I need to apply to my own life. But first–let me describe what is going on in my life right now.
Many of you know I have been living with my in-laws in their basement for five plus years (Part of that time my husband, Autry, was with me until he passed away). I became my in-laws care-giver. My father-in-law passed away in October, 2016. In January, 2017 my mother-in-law had a stroke. Up to that point caring for her wasn’t extremely difficult. She’s been in a rehab facility and is finally making some progress, although still wheel chair bound. Plans for her to come home are being finalized and perhaps that will happen by the end of this week. There has been so much uncertainty and frustrations, things to get ready for her, plans to make; along with feeling unqualified, fearful, weak and much more. I’ve thought: “I can’t bring her home,” “I can’t do this,” “Who will help me?” “What if, What if?” Reality–I can’t do this.” But you and I know Who can. This is where I need to step over the edge!
Hannah Hurnard wrote that she loved the mountains, but was actually afraid of heights. However, she wanted so much to reach the peak of one of them. There was only one way to the top of this particular mountain. It was by way of what was called the “Sesselbahn.” This was a set of cables run from a power source on the highest peak of one mountain to the lower mountain peak of the other with a rocky abyss between. Iron chairs (like garden chairs) were attached. These were not closed-in chairs, had only an iron bar on the back, a foot rest and little sun roof overhead. She had watched as people sat on these chairs and were wafted higher and higher across the abyss of jagged rocks below and almost disappearing in the mist that was falling. One of her final days there, she finally abandoned herself of her fears and trusted the power from above and the strength of the cables to carry her across and up to the highest peak of the other mountain.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
This is what she did:
She sat on the chair
She did not concentrate on the abyss below
She trusted the cable to be strong enough and the power source from above to be able to keep her from falling and take her to the heights above.
Yes, I’ve seen all kinds of jagged rocks in my recent life story. But “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” Heb. 13:8. What I need to do is sit down in that “chair,” abandon myself of all my reservations, and trust God (who is my strength and power source) to carry me across that abyss and waft me to the highest mountain peak. Faith and abandonment to God’s will and power are inseparable.
WHAT I NEED TO REMEMBER (Ask yourself what you need to remember)
Years ago when we (my husband, Autry, and I) entered the ministry we chose a life verse, “Faithful is He that calls you, who also will do it” I Thess. 5:24. He never failed us. He hasn’t failed me and I trust that He never will. I’m ready to step over the edge of my mountain into the hands of my precious Lord. I can’t look down into the abyss, but need to keep my eyes upward at all times. I can’t; you can’t; look at your circumstances that may be all consuming and insurmountable . Rather, let’s look to the One who is in control of everything.
ON THE COUNT OF THREE—LET’S STEP OVER THE EDGE!