Are You Stuck in the Snow?


"But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, 'Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Cush and Seba in your place. Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.'" - Isaiah 43:1-4

If you've ever had a dog, then you know how excited they can become when they are let out into a yard with fresh new snow. I remember when we had our dog, Sunday, and she would walk out into the fenced-in back yard after the snow had freshly fallen. She would bound into it, diving and jumping, like she had never experienced snow before.

Now, Sunday was a curious dog, therefore, exciting new things, such as snowfall, would make her act like a pup again. But, I have also known dogs who are not excited about new things, especially snowfall. They walk gingerly into the snow, almost as if to say, 'I don't want to get my feet cold and wet.' Where my dog would dive right in, there are others that slowly walk, trying not to kick up too much muck.

Humans are a lot like dogs. Some days we jump into life with excitement and enthusiasm, facing whatever challenges might be before us. While other days we are a little more reserved, walking gingerly and not wanting to get any of life on us.

Life is full of muck. Life is full of challenges. It's how we face them that speaks to our relationship with the Lord. Do we trust in the Lord, ready to jump into life and with God's help, face it head-on? Or, do we still face the craziness of life on our own terms, ready to take shelter whenever there is a storm?

We can’t do it alone, but our Master and Lord is always there to lift us out if we get stuck. Be bold today. There is no need to run and hide from the snow drifts of life, for our Lord has chosen to walk with us.

Heavenly Father, I confess that I do not trust in You enough. Help me in this New Year to put my life into your hands, so that no matter how deep the snow might get, I know that you are there with me, helping me through. Amen.
Mar 2 2019