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"Death is the Gate to Life"
Part 4 "A Snowstorm Survived"
Let me go back to the year 1971, when I was going through that big storm of my life. We had five children, and had returned from spending several years in Hong Kong as medical missionaries. My husband had been helping to set up a hospital for the refugees pouring into Hong Kong from Canton, China. We became disillusioned and were angry with the way leaders were mishandling missions, missionaries, and God's church! We were bitter and better!
At this time we were living 7,000 feet up in Big Bear Lake, California. I was alienated from God. We nearly lost our family and one another during those four years of bitterness. One day, I was whizzing down the mountain side but slowing down for the hairpin curves. "Out of nowhere" a little song popped into my head. I hadn't thought of it for years. Strange. "His Eye is on the Sparrow"
"Why should I feel discouraged? Why should the shadows fall?
I sing because I'm happy! (and I wasn't!) I sing because I'm free! (And I wasn't!)
Snowflakes fell. I began to weep. The sky grew dark. A huge snow storm was closing in rapidly. Before long my windshield was covered and my wipers could barely swish off the heavy snow. To my relief I saw the tall, 7 foot markers, or stakes with reflectors pounded deeply into the mountain side along the road.
When we had moved here several months earlier a friend said it was necessary for these stakes to be pounded into the mountain sides, and placed a few yards apart all the way down. One could stay on the road and keep from careening over the steep precipice in fog or snow storms if one kept close to those stakes.
Now was the time! I leaned forward toward the steering wheel to see more clearly, keeping my eyes on those small reflector lights. I could see only three ahead of me. Hugging the side of the mountain I crept slowly. I didn't dare to stop. There was no place to pull over. On and on I crept, inching my way around the tight curves, knowing that steep slopes lay just feet away from my tires. Now I could only see as far as one reflector light at a time. The snow fell in fury. The inside of the car and my heart was heavy with silence. Minutes froze into hours, as I moved from one light to the next.
Then God began to speak into my heart. "Someone very wise drove those stakes into the rock for such a time as this, Arlita. You've lost your way in the storm of your life and there are "stakes" that have been driven in the Rock of Ages for such a time as this. Turn your eyes to Me, your Rock, and the “Stakes” I have laid out in My Word. Obey them, one by one, and you'll not fall over the precipice. Believe My promises. I will be your light. I'll bring you through the storm." I did make it through that snow storm, and one of the biggest storms of my life. He brought me through. His Word became the literal light to my path. I had to make a choice to obey that Voice. Jesus would show me the way, one light at a time.
I want to bring your attention to some "stakes" that God has driven into the Rock, Christ Jesus. Stakes that could save your life and your family's. They are not popular, and in fact, are seen to be ugly and stark against a beautiful sky when all seems to be well.
The Stakes are Commands and Promises. Commands to obey, and Promises to trust.
We are not responsible for what others do to us. We are only responsible for our reaction to what is done. I needed to make some choices: These choices led me to apply a healing balm or ointment which can be applied 70 X 7 a day!
1. I REPENT of my sin and anger to God (and ____)
God, in His RULE is GOOD.
Jesus in His SACRIFICE loves you, and me.
Follow the lights of His Word. Trust them. Then act on them. Job said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him!" Job 13:15
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