Highland Park Baptist Church


July 13th, 2013 | Posted by bvosler in Brent

She did it again!  My wife has a way of pulling me out of my routine and splashing my life with wonder and joy.  This past week, it happened along the pictured rocks of Lake Superior.  Inell arranged for us to kayak along these splendid colored cliffs.  She also managed to pick a perfect day, with temps in the upper seventies and a sky that was cloudless and blue.

Many images captured my attention as we skimmed along: crystal clear water, majestic cliffs, waves crashing, waterfalls pouring over the edge and plunging into the vastness of Superior.  But one picture stays with me.

It was a tree that had grown tall and green right along the edge of the cliff, over one hundred feet above the water.  If that tree could speak, I imagine it would have felt that it had chosen the best of all possible locations.  For years it had delighted in the sun filled skies, cool breezes, and the vast expanse of water before it.  There was only air on its north side, so it had full sun and no competition for space or light.  But what caught my attention was that it was hanging upside down on the cliff face, clinging to a bit of soil and rock with a single root or two.  We had just watched another tree tumble over the cliff and into the water a few hours earlier.  I wandered how long this one could hold on.

Sometimes we think we have it made.  Our fortunes, our lot, our hard work have landed us in the best of places.  Some of us feel envy, wondering why we are hidden back further in the forest, never noticed and never feeling we have the chance of seeing limitless space and opportunity before us.  Yet the Psalmist reminds us:

“See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!”  But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God.  I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.” (Psalm 52:7-8, ESV)

I would rather grow in the house of God, with roots sunken deep into the solid foundation of His Word, than to experience the thrill of living on the edge on my own, only to fall into the destruction I have prepared for myself.  I thrill in His vastness.  He is enough.  Let me live in Him.

Brent Slater

Senior Pastor

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