by Pastor Mark Fisher
February 26, 2018
I breathed a sigh of relief as I stared at the gushing rapids below. It happened so fast; it was so unexpected!
As an engineering tech with the local county, one of my responsibilities was inspecting county bridges and recording their condition. Most of the bridges were over water, and being as it was winter in northern Minnesota; that meant it was a poor time to be inspecting.
The day was typically cold as I made my way to an arch bridge with a long, steep embankment down to the river. I really wasn’t thinking too far ahead as I stepped over the guard rail directly over the rapids. Within a step or two, I slipped on the packed snow, fell on my back and began quickly sliding towards the raging water below. There was nothing to stop me. I was shocked; fear gripped me! As fast as it had started, it ended. Right above the rapids, my heel caught on a 6-inch rock that was sticking out of the ground. The next thing I knew I was standing upright with my heel on the only visible rock on the whole slope. Wow! The rapids had an ice cap below them; I would have been trapped under the ice! My carelessness almost cost me my life. I had been in a slippery place!
The Prophet Jeremiah describes the individual who doesn’t know God: “Therefore their way shall be to them like slippery ways…” Jeremiah 23:12. That was my life as a young man before I was humbled and trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior; the One who died and rose again for me, forgiving me of my sin and giving me new life. Spiritually, I was now on the rock, Jesus Christ!
The years following, I was continually reminded of that slippery place. I would gaze again upon that one rock which saved me from the rapids, and thank God that He is in the business of saving lives! “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame,” 1 Peter 2:6.