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Topic: A MIGHTY FORTRESS (don't write about the song) (04/23/15)
TITLE: A Rocky Road Trip
By Chris Goglin
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As the two-lane highway focused on a monstrous blockade of granite and limestone, I am reminded of the obstacles in my life…my husband’s failing health, my granddaughter’s upcoming surgery, and family members who need to know God’s healing love. As the road looms closer to the slate-like fortress, it slowly glides to the side, gently allowing me to pass by its mighty gates. I believe God places challenges into our lives to make us aware of His ongoing protection as we deal with our frustrations, and then gracefully guides us in the right direction.
The mountains are now in the distance, still majestic, but silently watching over me, demonstrating their steadfast grandeur. As the grey and white ribbon stretches on cutting through gigantic cliffs of rock, I notice how forgiving the huge mass of stone is. Its measureless body broken into pebbles of crushed rock-allowing drivers to pass by. I reflect on God’s great sacrifice for us as he also granted us the gift of salvation.
As we approach the Imperial sand dunes of California, the mountains change to titanic waves of butterscotch pillows glistening in the sun. The sharp creases of sand flicker in the heat and the rebellious desert wind causes instability. Although awesome to view, I feel myself sinking in thoughts of insecurity and loneliness as I miss the faithful appearance of solid rocks. I think of those who lose their vision and faint from overwhelming circumstances when they do not have a sturdy foundation to depend upon. (See Matthew 7:26) How many situations in our lives impress us at first, but fail to carry us through to the end?
Eventually, we near the town of Ocotillo, California, where many wind turbines along the highway produce electricity for the San Diego area. These giant soldiers of white steel interrupt the landscape, as they seem to guard the mountains from danger and disaster. Their 173-foot blades swirl into the heavens, guarding all who trespass. I gaze with amazement as I pass them, saluting God’s honor guards in a battalion of angels.
The landscape is changing now with a humorous tone; the once dignified formations become simple stone quarries. God must have had a comical moment as he instructed his dump trucks to unload trillions of pebbles arranged in neat little piles; I almost expected Barney and Fred to pop up through the maze with their Flintstones vehicle. I chuckled thinking God knows what he is doing, trying to let me know he understands my every thought.
Finally, as we approach our destination, I am content in knowing that God not only shows us his infinite strength and power in our everyday lives, but also offers us a glimpse of his gentle personality through the wonders of his creation.
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