Last fall my family visited Glacier National Park in northwest Montana on our 24-day rolling camping trip through Wyoming, Montana, and the Dakotas.
We hiked 2 miles along the Trail of the Cedars up into the mountains following roaring Avalanche Creek to view Avalanche Lake, a crater lake whose majestic beauty took our breath away.
We sat on the shore of the lake for an hour just looking around at the water, mountains, and trees to soak up into our souls the beauty of God’s creation.
At the mouth of the lake there was a huge log jam, 50 yards across, which we traversed. A tremendous storm had blown down trees on the steep mountain sides of the lake which had eventually accumulated at the lake’s mouth.
Progress across the logjam was less rapid than a stroll down the street as the criss-crossed and occasionally unstable logs severely impeded our progress. We laboriously climbed over fallen trees and walked along the trunks of others as we made our way across the logjam.
As we walked along the logs, carefully maintaining our balance to prevent falling into the tangle of logs below and possibly breaking a leg or inextricably pinning ourselves, I asked myself “How do I maintain balance in life?”
On the logs I used 2 principles to keep my balance:
- Focus Point
- Balance Pole
Focus Point – Don’t watch your feet or either side of the log, but instead focus on a spot directly beyond the end of the log and walk toward it.
Balance Pole – Use a long pole (lacking that, stick your arms out) so that slight changes in your body’s center of gravity (which would otherwise cause you to fall off the log) can be easily compensated for by raising or lowering the pole on one side or the other.
These principles have analogs in the Christian life which will help us maintain balance.
The Focus Point is Jesus. Scripture instructs us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
The Balance Pole is the Church—specifically other Christians in your life. Listen to feedback from others. They help us stay balanced, and help keep us on an even keel and from going off the deep end.
Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24,25)
Soli Deo Gloria.
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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:4)
Thursday March 27, 2008 A.D.
Read my March 2008 Bible-Science column:
Eyewitness to Jesus
But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Timothy 3:15)