I wasn’t always this way, but I’m afraid of heights. If I get too close to any serious drop, I get vertigo. My head starts spinning around, and I go into panic mode. Even just looking over a railing in a mall or hotel sometimes makes me nervous.
A couple of years ago, some friends from Mexico, Gaby & Norma Glory, toured the Grand Canyon with Jane and I. It was absolutely breathtaking. One of the things that surprised me about the park, however, was that anyone can walk right up to the edge of the canyon, as you can see from this photo. I didn’t care for that at all. The whole time Gaby was on the edge, I kept saying, “Come back, come back…….”
My wife was a traitor too. She did the same thing.
I enjoy photography. Earlier this summer, I drove over to Watson’s Mill State Park to take some pictures of the covered bridge and shoals. There were too many people playing in it that day, so I wandered down a hiking trail until I came upon the remains of an old power mill. The mill was gone, but the manmade waterfall was still there. I wanted to take a full-length picture of the waterfall, but I couldn’t find a good location. The picture below shows the fall, only it drops a lot further than what is visible. I climbed out on top of the wall that is in the background……. bad idea. I started getting dizzy. It suddenly occurred to me that I was all by myself, and I hadn’t told anyone where I was going. I don’t think my family would have appreciated my body being found weeks later at the bottom of a 50 foot waterfall. It was a good time to get down.
Sometimes fear is logical; God gives us a natural aversion to things that are potentially dangerous. At other times, it’s a hindrance. Take, for example, the story of David and Goliath. Day after day, Goliath taunted the Israelite army to send a volunteer out for a man-to-man combat with him. No one was willing to take the challenge……… except David. He was no more than a young man, maybe 14 or 15 years old, yet he had confidence that the Lord would protect him.
1 Samuel 17:32 & 37 – NIV
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him………… 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
David’s courage is quite impressive, and as we all know, he was correct. Not only did God rescue David, he rescued the entire nation because of David’s faith and bravery.
Today’s mug is raised to the timid. Have faith! The Lord will rescue!