Do You Want a Wide Ride?
Follow God’s Directions and See Where He Takes You
The words from the song All the Earth by the Parachute Band keep playing over and over in my head, ” Lord, I will Glorify and Bless Your holy name.”
I don’t know why these words are singing in my head but they are. I think God put them there for specific reason. Why? I don’t really know.
This one thought has been kicking around in my mind since last Saturday. I have been asking myself as well a dear friend of mine Father George what is so bad about getting to the top of the mountain.
Last Saturday I went to a men’s seminar at The Church On The Way. The guest keynote speaker was former UCLA basketball great and former NBA player and broadcaster Keith Erickson. One of his comments hit me like a ton of bricks. Erickson told us he has been to the top of the mountain and there is nothing there. He later went on to explain how author Ernest Hemingway committed suicide by blowing his brains out.
Erickson seems to think that there is really nothing at the top of the mountain. I beg to differ with him. If you walk up the mountain with God, there are kinds of wonderful treasures you can share with the rest of the world. However, if you go up the mountain without God you just might find a living hell.
One truth I have learned in my 57 years living on this good old earth is that you can’t give away something you haven’t got.
When I look at people, I see folks who can achieve whatever their dreams are if they are willing to work for their dreams to come true. The possibilities are endless for anyone who lives in The USA. We are born in the greatest nation on earth. God has blessed The USA with an abundant wealth and freedom. Our founding fathers were all Christians. They read the Bible daily. They all accepted Jesus as the personal saviour and this directly resulted in The United States of America to have abundant blessings from God.
What does this have to do with the price of tea in China? Everything. This is the set up for us to take a look at Ernest Hemingway and his suicide.
Hemingway made it to the top of the writing mountain. He was a world famous writer but he was also an alcoholic. But the alcoholic part is exactly the key truth to the story of Ernest Hemingway that Keith Erickson left out.
Ernest Hemingway was an alcoholic. I don’t know if Hemingway went to AA meetings or not. AA meetings were certainly available if he wanted to go.
I will bet you dollars to holes in a donut that booze had a big factor if not the primary factor that led to Hemingway taking a shotgun and blowing his brains out. This is just an educated guess based on my experience.
According to the book Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age, Bill Wilson and Doctor Bob Smith in Akron Ohio founded the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous on June 10th, 1935. From these humble beginnings AA has flourished. AA is just about in very corner of the world. However, this is not the point of this story. The point is that God brought these two men of divergent backgrounds together to help them, form one of the greatest tools that helped drunks get sober and cured of Alcoholism. Yes, I said cured.
The real roots of Alcoholic Anonymous are based on Biblical principles. According AA historian Dick B these roots can be traced to the God of the Bible and his Son Jesus Christ who was crucified so that man would have eternal life if he believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as his saviour. This simple yet effective truth help Bill Wilson and Doctor Bob form the Akron group and help many men to get and stay sober. Doctor Bob and Bill Wilson found that studying The Book of James, 1st Corinthians 13, The Sermon on the Mount specifically Mathew 5, 6, 7, daily reading and studying of the Bible, and MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal saviour was the only true way for a drunk to achieve permanent sobriety.
In the early days of AA that began in Akron, Ohio, Doctor Bob and Bill Wilson found that these simple yet effective spiritual tools helped the first forty men that Doctor Bob and Bill Wilson shared the Christian message of AA with achieved continuous sobriety.
This miracle happened in little out of the way place named Akron, Ohio. So, what does this have to with climbing the top of the mountain and Ernest Hemmingway blowing out his brains with a shotgun I will show you in a very simple yet effective way.
Moses was chosen by God to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. God chose Moses to meet with him on Mount Sinai and God gave Moses The Ten Commandments. Exodus 19:20 The New King James
Version states, ” Then the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.”
When Moses went at the top of mountain to meet with God Moses was given The Ten Commandments. These were instructions on how to live from God.
God first revealed himself to Moses in the desert as a burning bush. Later on in Exodus God had numerous conversations with Moses on the top of Mount Sinai and God told Moses exactly what He wanted him to do. In Exodus 19:3, New International Translation, “Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel.”
In Exodus 20:1, New International Translation Moses once again was summoned to the mountaintop. “And God spoke these words.”
Exodus 20:2, New International Translation, ” I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
All I am sharing with you is that when God calls you to go to the top of mountain it is in your best interest to go. However, if you try and climb the mountain without God in your life it will be a long hard disastrous trip. You might even loose your life like Hemingway did.
I know this from my own personal experience what it is like to disobey God. And I have suffered the consequences of those actions. This total disobedience on my part cost me my literal life.
Yet, God loved me enough to bring me back to life and show me his total love and mercy. God forgave me and He restored my life after I literally died on the operating table on May 2nd, 1972 when I was twenty-years at Sunbury Community Hospital.