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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Way, The Truth, The Life


I am standing at the foot of the mountain, looking at the narrow path weaving it's way up. It looks treacherous. Rocks, mud-pools, fallen trees and limbs make it difficult to climb. It seems almost impossible to make the way up to the top, but I have to. I want to...I need to. The reward is a beautiful scenery, beyond anything I have ever seen. Even beyond my comprehension of what beautiful is.

I am a little afraid but I start out, slowly and carefully, watching where I put my feet and aware of everything around and in front of me. Every now and then I look back and see the progress I made. All is going well and the security in myself grows and the pride, of what I have already accomplished, wells up in me. I become reckless and start to climb faster, paying less attention to what is ahead and what I am doing. I ignore the warning-signs by the side of the path urging to go slow because of stumbling blocks. Hey...I have passed those already many times and all went well. Impatiently and overconfident I take a few quick steps. My foot hits a rock and I loose my balance. I tumble down the path, trying to grab on to anything to stop my fall, but in vain.

Suddenly the fall is over. Bruised and scratched I lay there, trying to determine where I am and what happened. I find myself having to start all over again. But what is worse, I discover I knocked over and pulled down several people who were climbing as well and their injuries are worse then mine. I get back on my feet and try to attend to the wounded, for I feel guilty. But that is a consequence of my recklessness and pride and does not solve the problem.

I gather up the courage to start again, paying attention to several warning-signs and getting a little further. But I make the same mistake and down hill I go, taking everyone with me again. This happens several times and I must be insane not to learn from my same mistake. My confidence is down to nothing and energy-wise I run on empty, but I can not give up. I go again, determined and committed to make it to the top. Slowly this time, praying for patience and strength, heeding all the warning-signs, stopping along the way to enjoy God's blessings, for the path has so many wonderful things to offer as well. Until I reach the top of the mountain and have that beautiful reward!

We all climb the mountain of life. We all have our pit-falls and stumbling blocks. But we also know there is only one way to overcome them and to make it to the top. God saw to that:-)

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

7 Comments:

Anonymous hugo said...

I really liked the picture/reflection - thanks for helping me put some of my complaints (all related to home appliances breaking down at the same time) in perspective.

Blessings & Peace,
hugo

October 14, 2005 2:59 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Hugo:

I am sorry to hear. When it rains it pours huh? We have a saying: all things happen in three. Weather those are good or bad. I pray your "storms" are over and God will let the sun shine down on you and your family in abundance:-)

God's Grace.

October 16, 2005 10:32 AM  
Anonymous hugo said...

They happen in three's? I guess it's true - two broken appliances adn 1 broken wife - she came down with a mysterious fever yesterday and we have an appointment to see the doc Tuesday . . . hopefully that's the last of the downpous in our area! :-)

Blessings & Peace,
Hugo

October 16, 2005 10:33 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Hugo:

I am so sorry to hear about your wife and we pray she will recover soon and that it is nothing serious. It seems you had your share, now you may have blessings to look forward to:-)

God's Grace.

October 16, 2005 10:34 AM  
Anonymous joyce said...

Corry, this is a beautiful word picture. Aren't we glad the view from the top is SOOO spectacular.

Grace and Peace.

October 16, 2005 2:32 PM  
Anonymous nan said...

Oh Corry, what a beautiful analogy to the walk of faith. Your words spoke to that special place in my heart that feels mountain breezes on the rocky slopes to view I've just got to see. But, like you, so many times I have stumbled and fallen and hurt my fellow travelers. But, I just keep going back to try again. Thanks for a visual that I can hang my heart on.

October 17, 2005 8:57 AM  
Blogger Corry said...

Nan and Joyce:

Thank you both for the comment. It's how I envision it and yes, the view from the top will be spectacular. I pray we all make it to the top and enjoy it together:-)

God's Grace.

October 17, 2005 8:58 AM  

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