I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2
Part of what makes traveling across the country so endlessly interesting is the mind-boggling diversity of landscapes. While North Dakota and Florida have very different climates, they share a vast, flat grasslands that I found familiar.
In the Everglades National Park of south Florida, visitors will encounter an environment that’s otherwise unique in a thousand ways … and has alligators. The park stretches across 1.5 million acres, providing a habitat for many threatened and endangered birds, mammals, large reptiles and nasty insects. The park in a valuable wetland to Floridians and is essentially the lower half of a vast watershed that eventually drains into the Florida Bay.
Those exploring the fringes of this expansive area at Loxahatchee in Palm Beach County can hike, canoe, camp and sign up for tram tours with my friend Bill. Palm Beach County offers numerous elevated wooden walkways, wheelchair-accessible to add even more opportunities to venture into this intriguing world. ( http://www.pbcgov.com/parks/nature/green_cay_nature_center/#.VlUBwjZdHIU)
If you were ever lost somewhere deep in the Everglades with night coming on, one thing you might highly value is some firm ground beneath your feet. A place to stand. A place to rest. For many people in our world looking for something true and sturdy and dependable, it’s hard to find a reliable place to stand. Contemporary culture teaches that there are no absolute truths, no ultimate values, no changeless rights and wrongs, and no God in heaven who will hold people accountable for their actions. For people trying to find their way through life, the footing is soft, squishy and sometimes frightening.
Thankfully, God has given us His Word in the Bible. The psalmist wrote, “Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” We do have absolute truths and promises we can stand on today and beyond. God’s Word and promises will never change, and we can stand (and rest) on that fact.
The word of God is a firm and elevated walkway through today’s swamp.