Scripture – Isaiah 40:3-5
The Icefall Doctors
By Matt Bisel
Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. Its wild slopes rise to the cruising altitude of a commercial airliner. Every year around 800 adventurers attempt to make low its peak and join an elite class of mountaineers who have stood on top of the world. However, there is a lesser known group of mountaineers who make this arduous journey possible. Each season before any climber reaches the summit base camp, a small band of Sherpa, known as the “Icefall Doctors” are hard at work charting a way through the most dangerous portion of the assent, the Khumbu Icefall. The jumbled mess of unstable ice and bottomless crevasses of the Khumbu Icefall claim the lives of climbers nearly every year. Yet, in spite of the inherent danger, the Icefall Doctors carve out a path through the treacherous terrain. With ropes and ladders they lift mountaineers up and over icy valleys and bring the rocky cliffs of Everest’s summit within reach for the climbers who follow their lead.
Most of us are not going to attempt the icy slopes of Mount Everest any time soon. However, life at times sure seems like a climb and its crevasses impassible. We wonder how we will ever carve out a path through its unpredictable terrain. But we are not alone; we have an Icefall Doctor who has gone before us. You see, this is the good news of the gospel story – God entered into the wilderness of human experience in Jesus Christ, making straight the road for us. With grace, he raises up the valleys and with mercy makes low the mountains. His love levels the ground and brings hope into plain view. Jesus goes before us in all things, even in death and because of that, in him, all things are possible – not necessarily easy, but possible! So, I wonder… Are you willing to follow Jesus?
Questions to consider…
How do we follow Jesus?
Can we know we are on the right path? If so, in what ways?
Have you experienced Christ in the crevasses of life?
How has Christ made the seemingly impossible possible for you?
Wesley’s Challenge Questions for the Week:
- Am I defeated in any part of my life?
- Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?