104 - Spiritual Crevasses

Columbia Ice Field Crevasse
Columbia Ice Field Crevasse

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Some years ago, 11-year-old Cannon Neslen and his family were exploring the Columbia ice fields of Canada. While jumping a crevasse on those ice fields, Cannon slipped and fell in, plunging 30 feet and becoming wedged in the ice. His family quickly gathered around and were horrified to see an icy river of water flowing beneath the crevasse. If Cannon slipped on through, it would be sure and certain death.

Members of the family ran for help while others stayed, prayed, and encouraged Cannon. Time passed and hypothermia began setting in. Cannon’s shirt had been pushed up by the fall and his bare skin was pressed against the ice.

Finally after what seemed like a long time, two park rangers arrived. A rope was soon attached to one of the rangers, and he was lowered into the crevasse, but it was too narrow; there was no way he could get down to Cannon.

Their only chance to rescue the freezing boy was to lower a rope down to him, and hope that he had sufficient strength left to grasp it and hold on.

But Cannon was fading fast. As they called down to him, they discovered he had lapsed into unconsciousness. The family prayed with great fervency. Finally, Cannon roused sufficiently to grasp the rope as it was lowered to him.

“Hold on with all your might!” his father called to him.

Carefully they began to pull him up – inch by inch, foot by foot – all 30 feet. And when they finally pulled Cannon out of the crevasse, you can imagine their astonishment. He was unconscious; his fingers were frozen to the rope.

Well, Cannon survived that ordeal. And you know, through it his relationship with God was deepened and strengthened. The boy knows he has a mission in life.

Now, I wonder in a sense how many of us are like Cannon? Some of us by accident, and others by rebellious design have romped and frolicked, and fallen into the treacherous spiritual crevasses of sin, temptation, and addiction.

Fortunately, “…God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should [might] not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

Oh, I pray that God may grant that our grip on the lifeline of Christ will be sufficient and strong enough to pull us to safety.

Adapted from David B. Haight, Ensign, October 1986, p. 19
Glenn Rawson – April 1998
Music: Mountain of the Lord, track 11 (edited) – Arlen Card
Song: Back in His Arms Again – Bryce Neubert