Throughout Grandfather Mountain there were warning signs. Some of them looked like the one in the header. The majority of them warned about being careful near the ledge and watching your footing. I saw one that warned of the danger of feeding the bears. Apparently wild bears who are fed become a nuisance and often have to be "disposed of" by the state.
Often while hanging out in these areas I was reminded of verses that call God our rock. Over the last several years I have begun to identify with verses of Scripture that refer to God as a rock, stronghold, refuge, etc. Needless to say, I have spent a good amount of time reading through Psalms. (Some of my favorites include Psalm 18:2, 40:2, 62:6.)
When God is our rock and our foundation, our lives change. He is unshakable and unchangeable. Yes, there are still ledges, storms, and high winds. Yes, we still have to watch our footing. We have to watch for the warning signs that God puts on our paths. But when the storms of life occur we have a rock in which to cling. A rock that cannot be shaken. A Rock that is like no other rock.
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze."
I lift up my eyes to the hills--where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip--he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.