Getting Over the Rough Spots by Daniel Rodgers

Getting Over the Rough Spots
Dan Rodgers
Isaiah 40:30-31
October 21, 2007

ILLUS: Not long ago, Newsweek magazine reported on what it called the new wave of mountain men. It's estimated that there are some sixty thousand serious mountain climbers in the U.S. But in the upper echelon of serious climbers is a small elite group knows as "hard men." For them climbing mountains and scaling sheer rock faces is a way of life. In many cases, climbing is a part of their whole commitment to life. And their ultimate experience is called free soloing: climbing with no equipment and no safety ropes.

John Baker is considered by many to be the best of the hard men. He has free-soloed some of the most difficult rock faces in the U.S. with no safety rope and no climbing equipment of any kind. His skill has not come easily. It has been acquired through commitment, dedication and training. His wife says she can't believe his dedication. "When John isn't climbing, he's often to be found in his California home hanging by his fingertips to strengthen his arms and hands."1

Do you ever feel like life is something like climbing a mountain? The way is hard, the path is narrow and there are many hard places along the way. The Christian life is often like that, isn't it? However, just like this elite group of climbers known as "the hard men," we, as determined believers, press on. With God's help, we are somehow able to somehow find a way over the rough spots.

In referring to these mountain climbers, Dr. Dobson said, "For them, climbing mountains and scaling sheer rock faces is a way of life. In many cases, climbing is a part of their whole commitment to life."

That's the way it should be for us.

Let me give you three things that we can be doing in order to get over the rough spots in life.

I. Praying
II. Changing
III. Waiting

I. PRAYING

We've all heard the old saying, "When all else fails, pray." Listen, prayer should be at the top of our l ...


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