Things To Ponder: What If?

There are many things I am thankful for, but few compare to the introduction my college buddies gave me to the vast Southwestern landscapes of Arizona.  Jack, Lenny and I were best friends in college and did almost everything together.  At one point we even shared a house to help cut back on expenses.  We rafted, hiked, and drove hundreds of miles to explore unknown territory.  

One spring weekend we invited some friends to join us for a hiking trip to Havasupi Falls, which is in the Grand Canyon.  We entered the Canyon descending down a steep one mile series of switchbacks to a sandy stream bed that opened up eleven miles later into a spacious area with trees, beautiful horses and houses.  At the end of the stream bed we passed through a village where the Havasupi Indians make their home.  It was extremely remote, but overwhelmingly beautiful.

Soon after we had started down the trail, my feet began to hurt and I was overwhelmed by sharp, shooting pains that ran all the way to my knees.  There wasn’t anywhere to sit comfortably so I thought the one mile down to a flatter spot couldn’t do too much damage.

When we finally stopped I took off my boots only to discover a series of small bloody holes in both my socks.  Apparently the person who recently re-soled my boots used nails that were too long and they punctured my feet.  Needless to say my feet caused me a great deal of misery for quite a while because of my foolishness.

I’ll have to admit as painful as that trip was I would never trade that fantastic weekend for anything.  Thank God I had a pair of flip flops to wear, but I will admit they are not very good for hiking.  I will never go on a hike again without checking to make sure my footwear is comfortable.  What if I had checked my boots before the hike?  I’m certain it would have been an even better trip if I had prepared a little more thoroughly.

Fortunately we don’t have to learn everything the hard way.  What if there was a guide to life that would help us prepare for what lies ahead?  The Bible doesn’t get real specific about preparing for a hike but it does tell us what we need to know about life and eternal matters.

Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.”  And Psalm 23:2-4 says, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for His names sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

What if we took God’s love letter to us more seriously?

What if?