Twin Falls

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.   He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV)

Not long ago I saw a program detailing some of the sights of Maui. Mary and I traveled there some years ago for a vacation.  It was a one of the most spectacular places we have ever visited.  We did all the things that folks normally do when they visit Hawaii.  We spent time along the beaches walking in the sunshine, took a snorkeling tour to Molecai, and generally had a wonderful time of relaxation.  One of the things we did that turned out to be very interesting was our road trip to Hana. Hana is a port city on the island of Maui that is somewhat difficult to get to since the roads are very narrow and often in bad repair.  However, we felt adventurous and set out to make it all the way around the island! It was well worth the time and effort with spectacular views all along the way. At one point, we stopped to hike a trail to the Twin Falls. It was touted as an “easy walk.”  Well, about an hour into the “walk” we began to ask some of the others coming back if it was worth it to continue.  Some never made it to the falls and couldn’t say, while others said it wasn’t very much farther.  After a while of walking and resting, then walking and resting again, we made it to the falls.  And, it was worth it! The view was wonderful!

I learned something from that little trek. It is the same in our walk with God. Many times it seems that life is a long walk along the trail, long, tiring, and no view beyond the next corner. When we reach a large mountain, we feel that we’ll never be able to make it and so some of us give up. But if we lean on God He will increase our power and give us strength. Then, when we reach the top, we can see how far God brought us. We realize that we could not have done it without Him, and that whatever we went through was worth it.

Some years ago I read an account that illustrates the trust we need to make it to the top. It seems a group of scientists and botanists were exploring remote regions of the Alps in search of new species of flowers. One day they noticed through binoculars a flower of such rarity and beauty that its value to science was incalculable. But it lay deep in a ravine with cliffs on both sides. To get the flower someone had to be lowered over the cliff on a rope. A curious young boy was watching nearby, and the scientists told him they would pay him well if he would agree to be lowered over the cliff to retrieve the flower below. The boy took one long look down the steep, dizzy depths and said, “I’ll be back in a minute.” A short time later he returned followed by a gray-haired man. Approaching the botanist, the boy said, “I’ll go over that cliff and get that flower for you if this man holds the rope. He’s my dad.”  Remember that your “Dad” is holding the rope for you too.  He will never fail you or forsake you! Trust Him!