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Sportsmen's Devotional - Dry-rotted Bridge

Updated: Mar 3

Bible Verse/Version

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)


  Michigan isn’t really known for its mountains, but a while back, my family was camping near Michigan’s highest point in the Huron Mountains in the Upper Peninsula.  So just for kicks and giggles, we decided to go find this point.  To get there, we had to wind our way up this two track road and cross over an old wooden bridge.  When we got to the other side of the bridge, we parked the truck and took a break at the river’s edge to have some lunch.  As we were relaxing there, I walked on top of the bridge to uncover a couple of thick black conveyor belts that had been placed across the bridge right where the wheelbase would hit the bridge.  And that was a mistake!

     What I discovered was that the conveyor belts were covering significant holes with both tracks in a dry rotted bridge, and I was going to have to drive back over this same spot on my return trip.   

Action Point:

      Isn’t this what we often do as people though?  Instead of actually getting to the source of a problem, we just try to put band-aids on a compound fracture and cover it up?  In our very nature, each of us has holes and rotten parts that need to be fixed, but the only way to do that is to allow God to do a complete act of restoration on us.  Trying to put a surface level band-aid over deep seated wounds that we carry isn’t going to cut it. Our temporary solutions don’t bring health and joy to our souls, but God’s permanent healing and forgiveness certainly does.  I challenge you  to take the time today to allow God to heal your hurts and stop covering it up by ignoring them or covering them up. 

Sportsman’s Tip of the Day:

     If you are a trout fisherman and find yourself in swift currents, attach a ski or hiking pole to your vest with a bungee cord.  It allows you to navigate the rocks and currents to have better stabilization, while at the same time, you can have your hands free to fish when you get to your desired spot.

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