The other day Steve and I hiked on a local trail along a high cliff above the ocean. This trail was really fun to walk on because it once was a road where we used to drive - a very treacherous road that washed out often. More than once in the winter, parts of the road slid down the cliff onto the jagged ocean rocks below. That is why the place is called “Devil’s Slide.”
Now it has been shored up to be a safe walking trail, and the road for cars leads away from the cliff through a tunnel. This construction took many years to complete. During that time residents had to drive about 15 miles around the back of the mountain to get to the next town.
This reminds me of some of the exhortations in 1st and 2nd Peter – where we are encouraged to continue in the faith, make “our calling and election sure” and finally, to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
When we face trials and difficult situations in life, we learn to trust him more. After a while, those places become easier and easier to maneuver, like walking on a firm path instead of driving on a precarious road on a high cliff. God teaches us to persevere, to grow, to depend upon him. After a while, knowing him better even becomes the highlight of our walk - the scary cliffs aren’t so scary anymore. Happy trails! Barbara