Cast Up A Highway



The Ledge Choice

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 8:45 AM

Walk with me Mary, Jesus calls. He takes us up the steep path towards the top of the mountain. It is a struggle and my muscles get tired, lungs begin gulping air as oxygen thins. Physical stress test. . . why Jesus? “Nothing of value comes easily” OK, but can we rest for a minute?

Is it worth it I ask myself? Muscles screaming now; get up, because I am not a quitter. I will not quit this climb to the top. Jesus hears my thoughts. “What is the top, Mary? In your heart, what is it you are striving for?” (This is a question to ponder) I am following You Jesus, to the top of wherever You lead me. He looks at me and responds, “Ahead is a fork in the trail. It’s time for you to lead.”

Jesus, tell me which way to go. I will be obedient. But He is gone. I can no longer see Him. Sure enough, around the next bend in the trail is a split.

One way leads to a ledge that is not all that wide and I cannot see around its bend. To the right the trail continues up; it is still steep but safe. Oh Jesus, You do know how to challenge me, don’t You? Somehow, I know He wants me to take the ledge, because I do not like heights and I have to trust in Him for my safety.

OK Jesus, I’ll take the ledge; a deep breath relaxing my body; a prayer for His protection; a call to Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts; I step out. It’s wide enough at the beginning for me to walk natural and keep my focus on the trail ahead, not on the drop off. Rounding the first bend the trail continues but I can see it narrows at the next curve. My focus is on Jesus and our first climbs and how He led me with His light. OK. Deep breath. Walk. Focus. Turning sideways I take smaller steps and lean into the rock as I round the curve. I see it goes on quite a ways.

O Jesus, what are You teaching me here? “Mary, I never said it would be easy. Trust Me.” Jesus, I trust You. When I got tired on the climb, You told me I could do it. If You sent me on this trail, You knew I could do it and You will enable me to finish the course. I trust You. Around the next turn the ledge widens again and there’s even a place to sit and rest. “In your journey I provide rest when you need it. Trust Me. Drink and be refreshed.” Somehow, I believe it was not the water bottle He was talking about.

John 6:35 (NLV)

Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life.

He who comes to Me will never be hungry.

He who puts his trust in Me will never be thirsty.


From this space I could see the ledge continuing with no end in sight.

I cannot stay here, I must either go on or go back. Night was not too far away. What do I do?

John 12:45-46 (NLV)

45 Anyone who sees Me, sees Him Who sent Me.

46 I came to the world to be a Light.

Anyone who puts his trust in Me will not be in darkness.

Do you come to places where You must either trust God and go on, or give up and return to safer territory?

Categories: Trusting God

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.