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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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May 19, 2010 - Can't Get There From Here

By Randy Mantik

When Debbie and I had been married a little less than a year, we took a trip to the Carolinas. We left from Wisconsin in the evening and got to North Carolina early afternoon the next day (just the thought makes me tired!) On the way back, we headed out from Charlotte and tried to take a short cut through a town called Bat Cave.

Ever heard of it? Probably not because it is one the most out-of-the-way, curviest bits of U.S. highway anywhere. Had we stopped to ask directions to Asheville and followed the more speedy thoroughfare of I-40, the locals (after they stopped laughing at the dunderheaded Yankee) might have said, “You can’t get there from here.” In other words, there’s no reason to try to get straight there. Backtrack and get on a good road. That’s what most sane people would do.

But I wasn’t about to ask for directions. No sir. We had started on this road, and we were going to get through. We were going to take it to the end! We spent three of the most painful hours of our young marriage on those curves in western North Carolina; hours compounded in pain because we were tired and it was a night drive. This Wisconsin flatlander had never seen so many curves before.

Our pain could have been lessened (and our marriage enhanced) if I had taken a closer look at the map, at all the curves, and at the mileage and seen that there was very little difference between U.S. 74 and the tried-and-true route of I-85 to I-25 to I-40. I had to learn by experience. I had to learn the hard way.

God, through His Word, wants to spare us the hard way. His commandments and statutes are given to us so that we can run straight and keep running and avoid many of life’s curves, pitfalls and stops.

“I run the way of your commandments, for you enlarge my understanding” (Psalm 119:32, NRSV).

God gives us a bigger view, a larger picture, a different angle from which to see it all and know that “tis’ grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” His commands help us to look beyond our shortsightedness. His Word to us is a map that we can follow and know that even though this might seem like the quickest way to point B, there is another way that is far better. “There is a way that seems right ...” but God through His Spirit, through His word and through His people can reveal a better road and a better way.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.



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