Sunday, March 13, 2016

Thin Ice


It is March and spring whispers in our ears, “I’m coming.  Be patient.”  We love the elevated temperatures, somewhat “balmy” breezes (at least compared to the cold north wind of winter) and bright sunshine!  

Here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the month of March might present us with anything from winter storms to rain to sunshine; it almost always means melting snow and huge puddles.  Twelve years ago, before getting married and moving back to this area, I spent the month of March in the U.P. caring for my mother who had just been through heart surgery.   It SNOWED EVERY DAY! 

Recently, Charlie and I decided a walk was just what we needed and, for the first time in months, we headed toward the lake where we could walk on the sand.  It was glorious and beautiful and there were promises in the air.  The sun was brilliant and the sky was blue, blue, blue!

If you have ever seen the movie, “Grumpy Old Men”, you have a picture of what our harbor looks like with all of the fishing shanties forming what resembles a mini town.  The lake ice was formed in ridges along the shoreline and waves were frozen in place.   People’s vehicles had been driven out onto the ice; apparently they all believed that part of the harbor ice was still thick and safe.

I must admit, it was difficult to believe the ice was still safe.  Last week a young girl went through the ice; praise God she was rescued.  It’s that time of year when the ice looks solid but is at different stages of melting.  It looks inviting but in some places, it isn’t safe.

Isn’t life a bit like that?  The world offers us alluring choices that look good but have danger (thin ice) lurking below the surface.  TV ads, newspaper articles, magazines and the internet offer glamour and excitement… or maybe it’s a “something for nothing” scheme. 

What tempts you to go out on “thin ice”?  Maybe you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant and an abortion seems to be the answer to the problem.  No one would have to know, you tell yourself. 

Maybe it’s telling a “little white lie” to someone because “I don’t want to hurt his/her feelings.”  Truth gets lost. 

To my mind, one of the biggest lies foisted on us is: “all religions are basically the same” or, “there are many paths to God”.  Those who do not really know the Truth of God’s Word insist if we are “good enough”…if our good deeds out-weigh the bad, we are good to go when we leave this earthly life. There are churches that tell us if we are baptized as babies, we have a free pass to heaven.

Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the Truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”    In Matthew 7:13 Jesus tells us we have to enter through the narrow gate.  Narrow.  Seems to me we Christians are accused of being “narrow minded”.  Hmmmm.  Maybe “narrow” is a good thing?

We are fast approaching the celebration of the most amazing rescue job God did in all of history!  Easter, which follows the darkness of Good Friday, is pivotal to our faith.  We can never do enough “good deeds” to measure up to a perfectly holy God.  But the wonderful, fabulous fact is, Jesus (and only Jesus) is the key to a fulfilling life now and eternal life with God.

Thin ice and inconsistent thickness make for potential danger.  Yes, it can be measured and evaluated for safety.  Yes, there are places that are safe but….we need to be cautious.  We must use wisdom and discernment.  The best source we have to help us live a life pleasing to God is found in His Word, the Bible.  Let’s not be fooled by the glitter and empty promises of our culture.  Let’s learn and study and pray; let’s be world changers by living out God’s beautiful life plan!

 

2 comments:

  1. Your writing is a spark of light and hope. Your words are gentle breezes of encouragement. The truth of God doing the greatest rescue job in history is the comforting fragrance to this believer.
    Thank you for sharing your insights today.
    Write on!

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  2. Carolyn, God is good! All the time! Thank you for your comment.

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