A couple of ladies standing at the window opening trying to get just the right picture. It is a dangerous slick rock. They seem ignorant to the possibility of death. It makes me nervous to see their lack of caution. I’m thinking they have no thought of how their actions will impact others. Suppose one is on the brink of falling over the side. I will be obligated to put my life in danger to risk saving their lives. What right do they have risking my life? The ladies leave.
The rock is smooth. The path narrow. But regardless of risk or danger there is but one way. There are small pockets of water in the cracks in the rock on the path. For nourishment. Just like David said, ‘I love your Word. I will follow your law. I will walk your path. But God, show me the way.
Along the path are flowers, but also thorns. There are steps, seats and shade trees. The hikers keep coming. My heart is anxious for hikers at the window.
A father and young son approach the window. The father says, ‘No’. Aaron says, ‘I can get closer. I really want to’. The father lets him. I’m thinking why is the father ok with the risk? Has he not counted the cost? The whole family is ok with the child reaching out farther. People are laughing. Enjoying the view. Where is the caution? My stomach is sick with concern for the welfare of these people. Father, bring them out of harm’s way. Even without their knowing participation, Lord bring them out of harm’s way.
God, why would you allow me to take risks my entire life? Father, when I stepped out on the slippery slope where death was certain unless you intervened, why did you let me step out? Why not just stop me from taking the risk? Why not allow me to live a cautious life? And God says, ‘Wasn’t I always there?’ Yes, God. You were there.
Father, I know the pain from failure. The pain has changed my life. I feel fear for others who are on the slippery slope. I wonder if I am willing to risk anymore? I wonder if it is a good thing or bad to want to avoid risk?
A squirrel visited us at the window. It wasn’t very hot for a day in the desert, but the squirrel always went back to the shade. The Sparrow said, ‘Why take any more heat than is needed?’ Profound, as it relates to my risk aversion springing from the pain I’ve suffered from failing.
Possibly, God only wants one to risk enough in the sun to achieve His will and purpose? Then, it’s back to the shade for protection and replenishment. Might it be impossible to experience God’s abundance on one’s life without risk?
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.” James