July 30, 2023
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
Why do people tempt fate? Do they not know that it’s easy enough to die without even trying? Yet more and more people continually test the outer fringes of survival.
Take for instance climbing Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet. Even at the beginning of the ascent, the climb, is the Khumbu Icefall. Ice cubes, as big as a house, could haphazardly fall on you and crush you like a baby penguin. Not only is there the danger of the climb, but the continual cold would turn me back. The temperatures at the top range from -33 degrees to -76 degrees Fahrenheit. Survive the climb and the cold, then you are faced with another danger as you enter the Death Zone at 26,000 feet, pulmonary edema. Your lungs begin to bleed. 2023 has proven to be the deadliest year on record on Mt. Everest with seventeen deaths. What’s wrong with looking at pictures?
How about the five men who died trying to take a look at the Titanic in their submersible tin can? Did you know that aboard that submersible was the richest man in Pakistan? He and his son died because the father believed this adventure would be a bonding experience.
There are many sports that will take you to the edge for an adrenaline rush, white water rafting, cliff camping, hang gliding, along with a host of other activities that will take you to the edge of life. As for me, I’m afraid of falling out of bed. 😊
Then there are rich men like Bezos and Musk who want to strap themselves to a homemade rocket and blast off into space, just for the experience of being weightless. Now if I do fall out of bed, will I not momentarily feel the sensation of weightlessness? I can do what they want to do, without spending a bazillion dollars.
I kind of like life. So, I’ll probably limit my “walking on the edge” experiences to flying high with Christ.
Soar with Christ,
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