We have almost three feet of snow in our yard with another foot coming tonight and tomorrow. That does not take into account the ten foot high mountain of snow at the end of the driveway pushed there by a nice man with a pickup truck. The path from the driveway to a front door of the house is only as wide as our snow blower. I traced a way in and then backed the blower out. The problem is the dog. The only place available to her needs is that narrow path. The sides of the path are higher than she is tall. Her problem is if she cares for her needs facing away from the house she can’t get back. Her mess blocks her out because she will not tread over it to return home.
As I watch her dilemma from the front window I think of Adam and Eve blocked from the Garden entrance by the mess they made. Just as they could see the Garden, my dog can see the house but the way is blocked. It’s a common life theme. People lose out on something good because of something they have done. Jobs are lost. Marriages are ruined. Relationships are spoiled. The list is as long as history.
I can intervene. I can go out with a shovel and help my dog come home. As for mankind the only way home was for God to intervene. Because of the magnitude of the crisis the solution was much worse than my getting a shovel. Jesus came and rescued us by way of the cross, which is by far the worst mess ever made by mankind and the best ever rescue by God.
Written by Roger Bothwell on February 9, 2015
Spring of Life, PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574