My granddaughters, on our summer vacation,
dared the Monkido Obstacle Course.
It is a two hour experience testing your ability to overcome your fear of potentially dangerous feats 50-60 feet off the ground between towering tree tops.
It could be life threatening, a slip or a fall would be serious.
But while the sensations of fear are real in the actual doing of the course,
the real danger is eliminated
because the athletes wear a harness with a rope that clamps onto an overhead cable.
So the worst that can happen is that a slip would leave them dangling
until they pull themselves back up again !
I was thinking of the obstacle course that we are often faced with in life -
things that are frightening and threatening.
We too have a 'rope' that 'clamps' onto a secure overhead cable.
Our faith is the rope that connects us into our heavenly security.
We can trust that come what may, our God will not let us fall,
even though we see and feel and fear the things that come against us.
So, we can agree with Habakkuk ,
making a personalized list of our own 'obstacles' ...
"Though the fig tree may not blossom ,
Nor fruit be on the vines,
Though the labour of the olive may fail,
and the fields yield no food,
Though the flock be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls,
Yet, I will rejoice in the Lord ,
I will joy in the God of my salvation !"