When life is a rock and you’re clinging to the side

Milford Sound 2

Fiordland National Park is a stunningly beautiful part of New Zealand. One of the fascinating (and scary) things we learned when visiting Milford Sound was the prevalence of avalanches. There are frequent signs on the road warning drivers not to stop in the avalanche area.

And while snow avalanches and landslides are not a new concept, I discovered that there is also such a thing as a tree avalanche.

There’s not much soil on the mountain slopes and the trees are pretty much clinging to bare rock. The high volume of rain means that it is fairly common for trees to lose their grip on the sheer cliff faces, resulting in tree avalanches that tear ugly wounds in the landscape.

Could it be that life feels a little like that?

Life is stunningly beautiful, but also scary. Sometimes it seems that the difficult events, the tragedies, the crises, the overwhelming daily demands in our lives, may cause us to lose our grip and send us plummeting downward in an avalanche from which there is no return.

Is that what life feels like for you right now? Are you clinging to the side of a rock and praying desperately that you won’t be swept off?

God is whispering to you that he is your Rock. He is your fortress and your refuge.

When you cling to him, he will not let you go.