THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: When you’re lost in the wilderness

There are critical decisions that spell the difference between life and death.

There are critical decisions that spell the difference between life and death.

A British backpacker was recently rescued after becoming lost in outback Queensland for three days.

Sam Woodhead couldn’t find his way back to the property where he’d been working. In news reports, he acknowledged that his decision to take a short cut through thick scrub had been unwise.

Lost, he faced the challenge of surviving 40-degree temperatures. Rescue came only in the nick of time when a search helicopter spotted clothing used to form the letters SOS.

Other stories of the wilderness are recalled by Christians observing Lent.

The gospels describe the temptation of Christ.

As his lifework began, Jesus faced difficult choices. Strength of body, mind and spirit was put to the test.

He decided to be true to his calling, choosing to honour God and serve humanity. Centuries earlier in the wilderness, Moses had reminded his people of the significance of their decisions.

He said: ‘Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, between life and death’ – and he urged: ‘Choose life.’ Whether it’s an individual or society that has lost its way, positive attitudes and wise decisions are vital.

Rev Alan Barker,

Holbeach Methodist Church