Photo and Commentary ©2022 by Russell Jurgensen
Thursday, November 17, 2022

This sign was too good to pass up. It informs tourists of the possibility of flash floods in the nearby canyon. It is always a good feeling when signs point to good weather and low danger. But the sign is still sobering because of the other options available. If the needle pointed to Possible, Probable, or the worst case of Expected, then it would be unwise to enter the canyon.

We know that dangers exist in the world, and that is why it is comforting to rely on God for guidance for life’s situations. The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 provides some of the more important guides. Of course, we are free to choose whatever path we want. We are not forced to follow God’s law. I sometimes think about the fall of Adam and Eve. They chose (or were tricked) to follow their own way and learn firsthand without God’s presence tapping them on the shoulder at every step. We can see from history and current events how that is turning out.

Fortunately, God’s presence did not entirely leave. God gave us his words and sent Jesus to us. We can live in peace and hope when we make efforts to trust God and his guidelines in the Bible and keep the danger signs low in our lives.