December 29 – bleak thoughts end the year

bleak thoughts end the year
better, worse does not promise
fifty-fifty split

I was paging through a history of Mount Everest and came across this picture taken by Edmund Hillary from the summit of the mountain.

The picture looks back at the path he and Tengzin Norgay had just walked to reach the top of Mount Everest.

The caption on the photograph reads, “Looking back from the South Summit at the knife edged Summit Ridge. The footmarks of Tengzin Norgay and Edmund Hillary can be clearly seen in the snow, tracing their progress back from the Summit. On one side of the ridge was an 8,000 foot drop; on the other side, one of over 10,000 feet.

The difference between better or worse in this scene is quite dramatic.

When offered a better or worse proposition, it would seem that the the proposition’s promise is at least a 50 / 50 split of better or worse.

I know it doesn’t work out that way.

I do not mind that it doesn’t work out that way.

I am not shocked that the bad times seem to outweigh the good times.

But the knife edge between the two.

The depth of the plummet off of either side.

The unexpected change, slip and deep drop from one to the other.

God arranges odd little moments for me throughout my life.

I wake up today feeling this way and the Bible verse of the day email reads, ” Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. “

That is 100% on the better side.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

John 14:1-3 NIV

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