Frozen in Fear
By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president
Is there a family vacation memory that stands out the most to you? My first family vacation, my parents decided that we should go camping in Colorado. For a 10-year-old boy who’d never been to Colorado or camping, this sounded like a great idea! It sounded like a magical place with mountains stretching to the sky, gushing streams, and forest animals lurking in the woods. I was ready to go!
The day we left, we headed west and by the end of the day we could see the massive mountains filling the horizon. Mind you we were only used to the flat, treeless farmlands of Kansas. When we arrived at our campground, my parents told us we were visiting the Royal Gorge the next day. I didn’t know what it was at the time but it sounded exciting!
But the next day when we came to the bridge at the gorge, I saw something that I’d never seen before: Cliffs going straight down! I peeked over the edge and felt fear welling up in my throat. I bravely stepped out 20 feet onto the bridge. But as I looked down through the half inch cracks of the boards to the valley below I couldn’t take another step. I was done!
Continue reading to see how Doug connects his childhood experience with how God stays with us in difficult times!