Aug 23 2018
Other than the special rock at Dragon’s Gate cliff, the pine tree that grows out of a rock, the beautiful scenery of the deep valley of Daedun Mountain, there are also many uniquely-shaped rocks and beautiful scenery of the mountain. Some rocks look like human sculptures, some look as tall as towers, some have the image of a person in prayer, some have the image of figures embracing each other, while some are in the shape of animals.
“Narrow Gate Rock” at Dragon’s Gate cave
There is a rock at the Dragon’s Gate cave, which looks like it has been split into half by a big knife. As a result, the space in the middle of the rock formed a narrow path. It is so narrow that someone of a big build would be unable to pass through. This path was just next to the place where I frequently prayed during my ascetic life of prayer.
After I started leading a church, I once bought some members to visit that place. The male Deacon was curious to take a look at where I prayed before, but because of his big build, I thought that it would be impossible for him to pass through. But he said: “Teacher, even though I am big in size, I am really good at climbing mountains!”
I asked him: “But you are heavier than me by at least 10 Kg, are you sure that you are able to pass through?” He answered: “I can definitely pass through it effortlessly! It is not a problem. In the past, I’ve frequently climbed steep mountains which I could have fallen off to my death. Let me first have a try at the narrow path’s entrance. If I really cannot pass through, I’ll just look from there going further.”
I reminded him: “There is no one to help you when you are travelling on that path. You have to rely on your own skills and abilities to pass through.”
The male Deacon then entered the entrance of the difficult path. I asked: “Can you go in?” His wife said to him: “My dear, listen to the Teacher! Please don’t go in.”
The male Deacon answered: “Don’t scare me!” After which, he stepped onto the difficult path, pressing his back onto the inner rocks, and walked a few steps. His speed was even slower than that of a tortoise. It was so difficult that he could only inch forward a tiny step at a time. Also, he had to stick his back and both hands against the rock to move forward.
The male Deacon stopped halfway and said to me: “It is so difficult to get through!”
I replied: “If you are not confident, come back out!”
He replied: “Even though it is very difficult to go forward, but I will try!”
I said: “Right now, I can only pray for you. Please call out to the Lord to grab hold of you tightly!” The male Deacon then called out to the Lord while he was moving forward and he succeeded in the end!
I went on the path to take a look at the place behind the rock where he was. He was breaking out in cold sweat and was so nervous that he froze up.
His wife said to him: “Since I am smaller in size than you, I can definitely pass through as well!”
On that day, we all went through the path in between “the rock that was sliced apart with a knife” – the Narrow Gate Rock, which is symbolic of the narrow gate mentioned in Matthew 7: 13-14
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
In life too, we encounter situations which we have difficulties overcoming just like the “narrow gate”. People might die 30, 50 or even 70 years earlier than expected due to a single mishap. In the face of danger, we can avoid death as much as we call out to the Lord earnestly. When we call out to the Lord, that is when He can lead us through the narrow gate of life. While praying in the mountains, I too called out to the Lord countless of times to protect my life in the midst of danger. That was how I was able to survive the harsh weather over long periods of time during my ascetic life of prayer.