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Topic: ONEROUS (03/02/17)
TITLE: The Crete Climb
By Gloria Pierre Dean
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Looking upwards it was steep but they were young, athletic and bored.
There were shrubs to hold on to and the rocks looked dry and stable. It was about a forty degree incline.
“We could walk all the way around the bend and where was the fun in that?” she said with a smile.
“Sure.Let’s do it!” he responded warmly. “I will take up the rear and be your rearguard” he added with a smile.
They both wore sturdy walking shoes but secretly he feared her slipping, but if he was behind he could protect her. They were on holiday in the Greek island of Crete. There was no one about and no warning signs.
They began their climb. One step at a time. The first few yards were easy but the higher they climbed the steeper it became. The route they took was slightly skewed but always they kept their eyes upward. Most of the climb was done on all fours. It was more like a clamber because the terrain was unstable.
As they walked small rocks and rubble gave way under their feet. They held on to shrubs along the way and thankfully none gave way. Forward they went and never thought of going back the way they came because they knew that going back would be negative and even more risky than going forward.So on they went.
“Are you okay?” was her occasional query.
“Oh yes,” he would say breathlessly with as much confidence as he could muster. After about half an hour they were at their destination. They were smiling, breathless and joyful.
They had done something different and difficult today, away from the routine. No tourist guides, just instinct and it had not been easy.
“That was fun” they unanimously agreed.
They were smiling as they walked into the village where older men sat around a tree talking to each other and playing games. They received some odd glances but did not care.
Years later on reflection, they knew that God had protected them as he promised in His Word.*
Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble"
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