“For who is God Except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid Rock? God arms me with strength; He has made my way safe. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, leading me safely along the mountain heights.” Psalms 18:31-34
Psalms 18 is a beautiful Psalm of victory and God’s favor and love through deliverance of King David as he fled from Saul. It is written for us as a reminder that God is with us at all times. David relates what the Lord is to him; “I love You, O Lord, my strength.” The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God,my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn (strength and power) of my salvation, my stronghold.
I experienced my own deliverance and victory this past week. Both both memorable and too challenging. Our family took a trip to Lake Tahoe. Together we enjoyed boating, water skiing, tubing and kayaking on the lake. Then, our adventures expanded when our Grandson, Adam, whose trained in outdoor sports, challenge us to to scale a 90 foot rock. His experience of rock climbing included ropes, knots, anchors, helmets, climbing shoes, harnesses, belay devices etc. all the equipment needed to climb.
First, Adam climbed and tied a rope at the top of the rock to secure a safely anchor us.
Afterwards, Katelyn our granddaughter, was the first to climb. After Adam reminder her about the importance of communicating, he checked the security of the rope, harness, and belay device to make sure she was secure.
Katelyn successfully proved her endurance, courage and strength. We proudly cheered her on until she completed the climb.
Next, I wanted to try to climb unsure if I had enough physical strength. However, Adam talked me into giving it a try. Climbing was difficult at first. It was hard to find a place to secure my hands and feet however, hearing Adam coaching me on helped. About 20 feet into the climb I felt my body slipping, I was falling. Alert, and focus Adam gave me the assurance he would hold me secure by the rope. Falling back I swung in mid air back onto the rock. At that point, I needed to make a choice on whether to continue to climb or come down. Years of learning through life’s hard times has taught me that prayer and endurance was needed. Not knowing if I would reach the top I decided to continue and pray, pray and pray all the way up. Upon coming nearer to the top of the mountain the realization came to me that if I didn’t see the next move, but by faith move into that position, it was then revealed to me. It was amazing how each move was shown after I pulled myself into it. It reminded me of how God directs our path daily by faith…step by step.
“The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord, He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psm 37:23)
It wasn’t long before I reached the top where I could see the lake, mountains and everything around me. God’s country! It was beautiful. What a site!! The most excitement was coming down. It was quick and easy, filled with the feelings of accomplishment.
I did it!
Christine, our daughter mounted next. Unexpectedly, she went straight up the mountain, where Katelyn and I began on the side of the mountain. Perhaps her long legs were more of an advantage to her than my short legs. Surprisingly, Christine climbed the rock within six minutes, a record time, faster than Katelyn or I. Wow! How proud I am of her!
My husband and son in law role was taking pictures! Thanks guys!!
Thank you Adam for making our adventure so fun! It was so meaningful to shared this time with you and the rest of the family. We are making memories!
I thank God for the opportunity to be together, enjoying each other and to look out and see God’s creation.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good, Oh the joys of those who trust Him. But You, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head high.” Psalms 34:8 It’s Alive, niv