This is what the road looks like near our Cabin.  it appears wherever a culvert was, the flooding created this.  i think there are 4 or 5 of these types of ‘holes’ on the road to our property. (can i even call it a hole?  wish the photo could really show how massive it really is.)


 Temporary access passes have been given to residents only.  So that we can wind our way around on roads rarely traveled-it’s a long way in, a hard way in.  a windy and rough way in.


photo source

There is this company that rents out temporary bridges for situations like this.  Our state is FULL of these holes, as well as roads completely gone-taken over by the river.   The governor has given the go to have these installed in Colorado.  Which roads will receive them is unknown to me-i’m not holding my breath for our county road-but we’ll see.  an 80-foot, two-lane bridge would probably cost $60,000 to $70,000 annually, and can be erected in 4 days.


and so i was thinking about this as i read Matthew chapter 3 and Isaiah chapter 40:

3 Now in those days John the Baptist *came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet when he said, 

A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
“Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A voice says, “Call out.”
Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”
All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
When the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

 John’s calling out-make way for the king.  Fill the pot holes, smooth out the road.  Spiritually speaking-it’s repenting of the sin that so easily entangles me.  But i work to turn the other way, to walk away from the sin, yet again and again and again, selfishness, ugliness, on and on and on the list can go in the course of just a few minutes. 

it’s just as massive and impossible job for me to repair too.  The bridges of ‘good behavior’  i may construct are only temporary.  do i grasp that?  for all my righteous acts are as filthy rags.  i can never make it.

but God……

He bridges the gap for me.  and makes Himself accessible. 
the promise isn’t for the road to my cabin….so much as it’s for the caverns sin carves out in my heart.  His bridge took a few hours to complete.  in an instant He declared; “It is Finished.”  That separating curtain tore from top to bottom.

and i have been invited to come and approach The Kings Throne……

Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

 He’s the King, i tell you, and He has provided.