A man was traveling from one city to another on a freezing winter night knowing that he would have to traverse a rather wide river in the dark, to reach his destination. When he reached the rivers edge, he was concerned because he didn’t know if the ice was thick enough to support his weight. He had come too far to turn back and knew if he tried to stay the night on the river’s edge he would not survive because of the freezing temperatures. The only choice that he had was to proceed forward. Fearful that he might fall through the ice he cautiously began to crawl across the frozen river on his belly. It was cold and seemed that his journey across the ice was taking forever. Then all the sudden there was a noise behind him that progressively got louder. As it came closer he heard a voice, “What are you doing?” The traveler looked up and saw a large wagon loaded with a family’s possessions, drawn by 2 large horses. The traveler responded, “I wasn’t sure the ice could support my weight, so I was crawling because I feared falling through. How did you know that the ice would hold you?” The wagon driver replied, “Because in the last town I asked, and the mine workers said they pull their wagons full of iron ore to the mill every day across this river.” The traveler was then offered a ride on the wagon and he was carried the rest of the way with all his fear allayed.
I think we often, like the traveler, find ourselves alone out in the wilderness. (Note: That means we had to abandon what the Lord has promised.) We know that difficulties lie ahead and we must do something. That is when we begin to scheme and devise our own plan without seeking counsel or all of the information. Our plan is set! So, just like the traveler, we begin to crawl on our bellies, gripped with fear and doubt hoping that our plan works, forgetting that the foundation beneath us is solid because of what Jesus did at Calvary. Why do we doubt? Why do we follow our own plans built from fear and pride?
The wagon driver sought out the information and listened to those who traveled across the river daily. He placed his confidence in the experiences of other who knew the river.
Many of the passages in the Bible are the voices of experience giving warning, encouragement, and instruction. When we heed these words, fear will no longer drive our plans and our foundation will never come into question.
So the next time fear or doubt come and try to compel you to belly crawl on the ice, take heart and read verses like Proverbs 3:5-7 (NASB) Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD… THEN GET UP AND GET ON HIS WAGON.