In the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, there is an area of natural stone bridges and arches. The wind and water over eons of time have carved beautiful bridges and shapes from the sandstone. One of the most famous wind-sculpted formations is known as Natural Bridge.
The bridge is located at the crest of a mountain. The trail to get to the bridge is steep and rugged as it twists and turns on its upward ascent to the bridge. In the past, only the strongest and most fit were able to make the demanding trek. The modern era has brought change. The State of Kentucky has developed a state park in the area with many modern conveniences. One such convenience is the Sky Lift. Similar to a ski lift, the sky lift can transport people two at a time to the top of the mountain. The lift carries passengers above the ravines, chasms, streams, and sheer rock faces. At the top, the passengers disembark and it is only a short walk to the bridge along a relatively flat trail that offers incredible views.
The ascent from this old troubled world to heaven’s blissful shore can also be perilous and steep. But the Lord has a way to lift us above the treacherous terrain too difficult for us to negotiate. The point of departure for the ascension to the top is the new birth. Once on board, the Lord has provided certain helps to carry us above what appears to be impossible obstacles:
- A church family can support and uplift us in troubled times.
- Corporate worship and the great hymns of the church can buoy a discouraged spirit.
- Scripture can guide us and lift us above the uncertainties of life.
- Prayer can provide the blessed assurance we need when we are beset by great hurdles. It can elevate us above our temporary tribulations.
The Christian’s Sky Lift: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
I rise to walk in Heav’n’s own light,
Above the world and sin,
With heart made pure and garments white,
And Christ enthroned within.
~ Phoebe Palmer ~
~ Brother Roy