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We spent several hours there enjoying nature. Then it was time to get back across river. It was at that point that I found out that only way back was a narrow path at back of grotto.
At far end of that path, roof of grotto came down within about 3 feet of path. One one side of path was solid rock. The other side was a thick wall of brush and small trees.
The big problem is that I am a lot bigger than people that normally use that path! I'm about 6'3". I had a friend that also worked at hospital. He was an average Mexican size. When we walked around together, people called him David and they called me Goliath!
When I came to that low spot, I had to get down to a low crawl. I was last one through. I got down as far as I could and got through there. But...
When I came out other side, my wife took one look at me and asked me, "What happened?"
I was very pale and very shaky. It was obvious just by looking at me that something had affected me terribly. What had happened is that when I passed a particularly low spot, I had brushed up against overhanging rock with my back. Then, when I came down lower again, rock came with me!
I can't remember a moment of greater panic! I was at bottom of a tall cliff of rock and I could just imagine whole cliff coming down on top of me. You can imagine that I immediately shook that rock off my back as fast as I could. The rest of track went bye in a blur and I was out!
I've thought about that afternoon often since then. For several reasons... It is a pleasure to remember beautiful time that we had there enjoying beauties of nature that God created for us to enjoy.
I also remember feeling of that large rock coming down on my back. That has made me think of way Bible describes load of sin that we each carry. If only I had sense of urgency to get rid of sin - same sense of urgency that I had getting rid of that rock!
How fast would I be running to cross, crying for God to take my burden of sin if I was sensitive to my need.
I pray that we will be less willing to carry our sins around. The cliff of sin above us is ready to crush us. We must get out from under it or it will kill us. Let's pray that we are not content to carry that burden around any longer.
Until next week, may God bless. Ron McCluskey
Ron McCluskey is an emergency room physician and amateur naturalist. Growing up, he studied insects and birds. While he continues to enjoy studying these natural subjects, his interest has grown to include the rest of creation as well.
He has spent over a year doing volunteer work in tropical countries. While there he enjoyed seeing how God's creation gives ample evidence of His intimate knowledge and care for His nature.