The Pull of Gravity

The Pull of Gravity

My husband’s favorite hobby is rock climbing.  He recently described what it was like to climb an overhanging route.  In this situation the rock juts out overhead at an angle.  This means the climber ends up climbing diagonally “backward” rather than straight up.  In this situation, time is of the essence.  It is not possible to stop to rest because gravity is pulling the climber straight down, away from the rock.  Naturally my husband wears safety gear to help catch him when he falls, but falling is never the object of a climb.

While most of us are too sane and reasonable to have experienced an overhanging climb for ourselves, we can imagine the experience.  It strikes me as a powerful parallel of my spiritual walk with Jesus.

Each day the world and my own selfish desires pull me away from God with a force that seems as unavoidable as gravity.  If I become lax in my prayer life and Bible reading, I can be drawn farther and farther from my goal of becoming more like Jesus.  Each day I must be purposeful in moving toward Jesus, otherwise the pull of gravity will slowly carry me away.

Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. – Luke 9:23 (NKJV)

Each day I have the chance to spend time with God.  What a joy and an honor it is to have access to the Lord of the universe in a personal way.  May I never take for granted this awesome opportunity I have to be near Him.  I can start today by thanking Him for keeping my husband safe on his rock climbing adventures!