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"Stakes in a Snow Storm”

Our family was living 7,000 feet up on Big Bear Lake, California. I was disillusioned, disappointed, and alienated from God. We nearly lost our family, and one another, during those four years of rebellion. That was in 1971.

I whizzed down the mountain one morning, slowing down for the hair-pin curves. I noticed a snow storm was closing in rapidly. Before long my windshield was covered and my wipers barely kept up with swishing the snow off. To my relief I saw the tall, 7 foot markers with reflectors pounded deeply into the mountain side.

When we first came to Big Bear Lake a friend had said that it was necessary for these markers to be placed a few yards apart all the way down the mountainside. If you kept close to those reflector lights on the stakes, keeping them in line, they could keep you from careening over the precipice in fog or snow storms.

I leaned forward toward the steering wheel to see more clearly, keeping my eyes on those small lights. I could see three in a line 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 and if I did stop, I could be hit from the rear. I crept on, inching my way around the tight curves. The steep slopes lay just feet away from my tires. First light, second light, now I could only see as far as one reflector light at a time. The snow fell in mighty fury. My heart was heavy with silence. The minutes froze into several hours, as I moved from one light to the next.

Then something startling happened. A little song came creeping into my heart. I hadn’t thought about it for years.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I knew I wasn’t happy. I certainly was not free. Hope was lost, but the song kept singing. Then God began to speak into my heart. "Arlita, someone very wise drove those stakes into the rock for such a time as this. 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. I will be your light. I'll bring you through the storm."

I did make it through that snow storm, and the biggest storm of my life. I had to make a choice to obey that Voice. His Word became the literal light to my path.

There are “stakes” that could save your life and your family's. Here are some of those “stakes” that I had to hang on to.

The first stake is that the God who created the universe created you with a purpose.

Two, He didn’t just create you, He loves what He created, exactly the way you are.

Three, He longs to have you respond to Him in a very simple way.

Four, He knows the road you are walking on and understands why you are there.

Five, believe it or not, He wants to walk alongside you on that very road.

Six, because He is God, He is able to comfort, guide, rescue, and instruct you. He doesn’t expect you to be able to cope with life.

So if you are in a storm or a fog, come to the “stake” that was pounded into the earth. Jesus Christ hung on it. God, Himself hung there on purpose! He died and became alive again on purpose so that you and I could live with purpose. That’s His promise! To be light in your darkness.

“I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
(New American Standard Version)


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