While the island of Santorini Greece is a marvel to behold, I found it can also create unsettling situations. One such situation is the bus ride from Fira to Oia.
Santorini is an island that formed a caldera in its center after an enormous volcanic eruption, approximately 3600 years ago, destroyed the center of the island. The volcanic eruption is considered responsible for the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete 68 miles to the south.
The central lagoon of the caldera is surrounded by 980 feet high steep cliffs on three sides. Buildings on the island cling precariously to the sides of the island overlooking the lagoon. And this, my friends, is where the bus ride comes in. Most roads on Santorini also cling precariously to the cliffs they are built on.
Upon boarding the bus for my ride from Fira to Oia, I slid across the bench seat, and found myself pinned next to the window when another passenger sat next to me. Fortunate for me, I thought. Better view, I thought. Until we left Fira and started the uphill climb to Oia.
I looked out the window to my right and gasped. Oh, no, I thought.
Nothing separated me and the rest of the bus riders from tumbling over the side of the road and plunging to our deaths. I’m not exaggerating.
Nothing except the bus driver, that is.
The way I saw it, the man behind the wheel knew what he was doing. At least I hoped he did. He knew just how close he could get to the edge of the road without careening off it. So, instead of looking at the potential danger to my right, I decided to look straight ahead. At the bus driver.
He delivered us safely to Oia. He even returned us safely back to Fira in one piece. On the return trip, I once again found myself next to the window. This time, however, my view was the rock wall next to the road we pressed against.
How many times in life do we look out the window and only see the steep drop-off of the cliff we’re on? Or the wall of rock that has us pressed so tight there is nowhere to turn?
We see the job uncertainties. The health concerns. Financial worries. Relationship disasters. World unrest.
Instead of staring at the scary stuff, perhaps we should keep our eyes on Jesus. The one who has it all under control. The one who knows where he’s taking us. The one who isn’t about to let us fall. The one who will bring us safely to our destination.
In the story of the Apostle Peter when he walked on the water to meet Jesus, he did fine until he saw the storm he was in, and took his eyes off his Lord.
Same with us.
We do fine as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, so how about we keep them there?
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But when Peter saw how strong the wind was, he was afraid and started sinking. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Matthew 14:30 (CEV)
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Sandy, such a great story to remind us to keep our eyes on Jesus through good and bad times! I’m not sure I could have made that bus trip. One time in Estes Park we drove up to the Continental Divide. I was fine until we got above the treeline, then I moved as far from the window as I could. I longed for the old style car with a bench seat so I could move even farther away, right into my husband’s lap! And your bus trip sounds much worse!!
The bus ride was a bit nerve-racking, that’s for sure. Your ride sounds equally challenging. 🙂