Cast Up A Highway



The Death Gamble

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 7:20 AM

One day a man walked along a narrow ledge of a cliff. From below, the depths called to his soul. But his eyes were on the eagle nest built on a tree overhanging the canyon above. How he wanted to get prize winning pictures of the baby eaglets he could hear complaining hungrily.

It was a dangerous mission he had set for himself, for if the parents returned their attack would be vicious. Determination were in the hands that began to climb the cliff finding handholds and small indentations for his feet. His eyes set again on the small ledge jutting out, a perfect platform for taking photographs of the eaglets. Once in place he quickly removed his pack and built a small camouflage to hide from the parent eagles, and removed a small food stash and water. His plans had been well thought out; everything was perfect. . . until he noticed dark clouds beginning to cover the sky.

It was not suppose to storm for three days; he’d checked the weather map. Fear became a nausea in his gut. He was not protected from strong winds and rain and hail. He’d never be able to climb down the cliff to the narrow ledge and make his way to safety in time. Clouds of darkness were quickly rolling past. The breeze was now a definite wind tearing at his preparations; friends had tried to speak to him about his plans; but he insisted he knew what he was doing, never mind their good intentions. His intelligence was always his pride and his guide. He needed to rely on no one or nothing else.


At the sound of huge wings approaching the nest, he crouched trying to keep his hiding place from being revealed. Winds were now tearing at his camouflage and soon he would be exposed. Rain was slicing through the air.

“Oh God”, he called out in his mind, “if You are there, help me.” Regret was unfamiliar to him, but at this time when death was a definite possibility, it touched his emotions. How could his brilliant mind not have realized the vicissitudes of the weather?

What had his friends said about death and the hereafter? Something about Jesus and Him dying for sin? Surely there was nothing after death. But, what if they were right? His mind was swirling like the wind and the rain. What if they were right? Then it would mean an eternity of suffering for him. If he was right, death would bring nothingness. It was a gamble. Did he really want to gamble on eternity?


He went back into his near perfect memory to what his friend had said about submitting to Jesus as Savior as Lord of his life and repenting of sin. Sin? What sin? Oh, yeah. . . he remembered hurting his girlfriend’s feelings, putting her down for an idea, and laughing at his friend’s beliefs. Now he was giving serious consideration to the beliefs of his friends. Other immoral behhaviors began filling his mind and something in him recognized them as sin. OK he was a sinner. So it was necessary to repent, be sorry for hurting others, selfishness, and more.


Yes, God, I am a sinner. Jon said Jesus paid the price for my offenses against my friends~ and against You. You made my friends, You love them as Your kids, and when I offend them, I offend You. His heart began to soften.


I’m sorry Lord! Please forgive me. Jesus, thank You for paying the price for my sin. I want You to live in me and help me to love You and love others better. Thank You for saving me. Peace began filling his soul leaving no room for fear.

As he peaked out at the nest, the parent eagles protecting their young from the storm were not looking at him. He was safe for the moment; even though his disguise was almost gone in the wind and the rain, he began resting in a new found peace. Somehow he believed God would save him from his past prideful decisions, would rescue him from the cliff.


John 3:16 (AMP)

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son,

so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him

shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost)

but have eternal (everlasting) life.

Have you given your heart to Jesus yet? He will rescue you too!

Categories: Jesus, God's own Son

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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.