Making It To The Top

 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” James 1:2

After breaking your back and your ribs, it’s very important to regroup. Just ask Jaroslav Rudy, a Czechoslovakian man who has been living in the United States for the past few years. 

One day he was riding his motorcycle on a remote trail. While taking a corner a little too fast, he hit a rock and lost control of his bike. Seconds later he found himself at the bottom of a 30 foot embankment – out of view to anyone who might be riding or walking on the trail. For two days, Rudy stayed where he’s landed, too injured to move. Freezing temperatures, hunger, and pain finally drove him to try to get back up to the trail. 

His first attempts were futile. The pain was simply too intense. The next day, beginning at 6:00 am he tried again. Crawling inch by inch, listening to the sounds of his injured bones crunching, and losing consciousness several times, it took him six hours to reach the trail. That’s where four bicyclists spotted him. A short time later he was on his way to the hospital. 

When your strength is gone and there’s a goal you simply must achieve, you don’t have to give up, but you do have to be sensible. 

  • Examine your situation, taking the time to analyze what needs to be done and what resources you have available. Ask the Lord to give you His wisdom and plan. 
  • Devise a plan of attack, including a timetable for what you hope to accomplish in any given period. 
  • Take short breaks along the way – to allow your creativity and energy to be renewed. 
  • Always remember that no matter how much success you achieve, you never really do it alone.


This song by Casting Crowns, Praise You In This Storm, can offer a glimpse of victory when you are being tested.

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