Warm Lake, Stanley Basin, Payette Lake, Black Canyon, Palisades, White Bird Hill, Bogus Basin, Cabbage Mountain, Garden Valley. Just to name a few of the significant places along the journey. Every place has a story.
Warm Lake was home all summer while Dad led the crew building the new bridge across the Salmon River. We lived in tents and played in the river. We climbed mountains and chased bobcats. We tried to catch salmon with 24” grilling forks. We had no idea what we’d do if we caught either a fish or cat.
The reservoir at Black Canyon provided a place to swim, fish and picnic. It was the spot many of us learned to water ski. Payette Lake, on the other hand, was Boy Scout camp, which meant canoeing, swimming, camping and friends. It was there we purposely swamped our canoes so we could learn to get them upright in the water. The legendary “loch ness” monster provided all the fear one could want as he attempted the mile swim out to the island and back.
Bogus Basin served as nearby ski territory for most. But, for us, it provided roads and off-road trails for motorcycling. There were mountains to climb on the back of a two-wheel beast. And slopes to tube down while the wealthier skied in the winter months.
White Bird Hill. U.S. Highway 95. Start at White Bird Creek and come to the crest at White Bird Summit. The old highway was 22 miles of switchbacks climbing at grades above 7%. When it was replaced, on the other side of the natural ravine it traversed, the road was straightened and the summit had a pass cut through. That road is only 7 miles long. Squished into switchbacks so tight that a semi had a difficult time making the turns, White Bird was infamous. My dad took a 1940s Studebaker with a Bantam backhoe on the rear up that hill. Took him nearly 8 hours to travel what is now a 17-mile journey.
Insignificant places… except to those whose memories were created there. You might see the names in a story and wonder why they matter. You might run across a dot on a map that represents their location and not realize they mean anything to anyone. But they do. They tell a story. They create a history. They remind of days gone by.
Text: Micah 7:14-17
Listening to the Text
These questions are specifically designed to help you look at the text more carefully.
- How do the stories of God’s provision and care (verses 14-15) prepare Israel for their future?
- What images indicate the groveling of Israel’s enemies?
Applying What We’ve Heard
These questions are to help you see how the text applies to you and others.
- Describe a time when you’ve seen God’s care and provision.
- How did that prepare you for some future experience?
- Why is it important to know that God wins in the long run?
God, you have always been gracious to provide for us. You’ve given us life sustaining provisions as well as forgiveness of sins. You’ve made sure we are cared for at every turn. Please, receive from us this commitment to not be forgetful and complacent about such kindness. You are incredibly good and we know that. Father, we don’t want to become like your enemies so we intend to stay faithful to you. Jesus, help us in our commitments. Holy Spirit, walk with us in this journey. Remind us when we are taking your provisions and care for granted. Amen.
Listening to Jesus
Read: Luke 23:26-30
At the crucifixion, Jesus looked ahead to a time when people would wish to hide from God. They would be so frightened of His presence that they would wish for the mountains to fall upon them. It would be far better if they would simply recognize Him and not turn their back on Him.
Responding in Life
- Spend some time praying for your group.