I'm pretty certain everyone is getting sick of looking at pictures and reading about the temperatures and snow accumulations in the Indiana / Illinois section of the country this past week, but this really isn't about how much snow or cold we received; it is about the similarities between my driveway and my life. Perhaps you will recognize some of your life situations, also.
Then comes winter and between the snow and ice and wind, my drive can end up being solidly packed with snow. Due to a neighbor taking a fence down last summer, the space between her house and mine must now be the ultimate wind tunnel for drifting snow. Great.
The first snowfall wasn't too bad, but my grandson decided to just 'plow through' the white stuff instead of shoveling first. Needless to say, that didn't work. How many times in my life have I decided to 'plow through' situations without seeking God's advice or making any preparations? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is, "Way too many." That results in my getting stuck, just like my car did. Instead of taking a few minutes to prepare and then continue on my journey, it took all kinds of effort to become 'unstuck' from the situation so I could get on with life.
Jacob was happy to have the entire drive cleaned, have a cup of hot chocolate, and hang up his heavy clothes. Shortly thereafter, we heard the rumble of the snowplow coming down the street. A few days ago, that was a very welcome sound, but now...."No-o-o-o."
Yep, the end of the drive had snow stacked up about 3 feet deep again. After a brief rest, he went back out.
I sometimes find myself fighting my way through the same problems over and over. Perhaps I need to change the way I approach them or at least be thankful the problems become a bit more manageable each time.
#1 We can't always predict what messes we will find in our lives and many times have no more control over them than I had control over the snow that fell.
#2 It is ALWAYS better and more advantageous to ask for God's help in any situation before we decide to get through it in our own way.
#3 Sometimes we need to tackle a problem a layer at a time, instead of one big chunk.
#4 Resting is good and prepares us for the next effort.
#5 Just when we think we 'have it all together' and are finished, circumstances can, and often will, cause us to start over.
#6 God is always there to help and knows the end result of our efforts long before we do.