Royal Rangers Devotions
Trail & Map
There once was a man named C. S. Lewis. He was English and a very gifted person - a writer, lecturer, and professor. In fact, he was so intelligent that he saw that being an atheist (which he was- who knows what an atheist is?) was illogical. He came to a saving knowledge of Christ and God used his great intellect to defend the Christian faith. Now, one day this man was in a tool shed in his backyard. The shed was dark except for a beam of light coming in through a large crack in the wall over the door. Have any of you ever seen a beam of light like that? You know, you look at it and all you can see are these little specks of dust floating around? Then he moved. Here are his words, "...so that the beam fell on my eyes. Instantly the whole previous picture vanished. I saw no tool shed, and (above all) no beam. Instead I saw, framed in the irregular cranny at the top of the door, green leaves moving on the branches of a tree outside and beyond that, 90 odd million miles away, the sun. LOOKING ALONG THE BEAM, AND LOOKING AT THE BEAM ARE VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES." Boys, here I have a compass. In my other hand I have a topographical map. Can anyone tell me what type of map that is? If you really want to impress your commander call it a "topo" map. Now, this is a map of "Ol' Rag Mountain." Ol' Rag is the most popular day hike in the central Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. You can look at this map, and if you have taken the time to learn how to read it you can get an idea of how the trail moves up and down and around. I could TELL you about the hanging rocks, and the mountain laurel bushes, the switchback trails, the rock scramble that starts about halfway up. I could go on and on about this beautiful view from the top. But no matter how good a job I did of describing it, you wouldn't, you COULDN'T POSSIBLY understand until you walked that trail yourself. Fellas.... God's given us a map... the Bible.... His Holy Word. Psalm 119:105 His Holy Spirit is our compass, guiding us down the trail... Acts 16:7-9; 1John2:26-27. When you get real good with the Compass and the Map, God wants to take you off-trail. You blaze your own trail! You're still connected to the main trail but trusting totally in Him you learn that the Christian life is a great adventure with something new around each bend. Something new that He has prepared for YOU so that He can shape YOU into the UNIQUE man that He wants you to be. Yet in shaping you into that uniqueness He also makes you into the image of Christ. Romans 8:28, 29.
Bow your heads, boys. Some of us have been spending our time looking at the map. The trail looks interesting but we're not real sure we can handle the terrain and make it to the summit. So we're happy just to look and watch others, our friends or our family, as they walk along. Just to see. Maybe if THEY make it we'll try it. Some others of us are content to take the easy trail, trying to avoid as many rocks and steep parts as possible. WE'RE making it all right, but the compass in our heart is telling us that there is sooo much more adventure waiting on the other side of the bushes, if we'll just trust God to make a way. 2 Corinthians 2:9-10 Close, with altar call for salvation and/or recommitment.
Submitted to Ranger Net by Gary Rothwell Sr. Cmdr. Outpost 59, Potomac District
Warwick Assembly of God Newport News, VA