Icy Road Faith (a different look at a believer in crisis)

The northwest coast has been getting hit with some very weird weather lately. Just this Sunday I was driving back to school from a weekend at home. Through the short hour and a half drive I hit all kinds of weather- sunshine, gentle drizzle, heavy rain, monsoon rain, snow and hail, then through sunshine again.

I’m a Washingtonian- I know how to drive in the rain, I even can handle snow to some extent. But, since an accident a few years ago, snow makes me tense up. If I have to be out on the road and I see snow on the side of the road, every muscle tenses up, I become hyper aware, adrenaline runs throughout my whole body. My car made it abundantly clear a few years ago that it DID NOT like snow (nor ice)- when I spun out and ended trunk first in a flooded country ditch. God protected me by popping my tire, which dug the rim into the gravel of the ditch, saving me from flipping over into the water. Ever since that day, I am extremely careful when the white stuff starts to fall upon the road.

Today, while I was driving through that white stuff passing a car that had met it’s match with the snow, “Please Father, please Father” fell from my lips. Through three exits worth of miles, I prayed for safety. As soon as I hit the dry patch, my fingers loosened and the prayer stopped.

Suddenly, it clicked. That is how we go through life- that is how I go through life. In the midst of crisis, all that one who believes in Christ and his saving grace talks about is God. We pray, we praise, we see God in everything, we tell everyone that we are leaning on God’s grace and love. Then when it is smooth sailing and the crisis is long behind; the Bible reading stops, the prayers become more self-centered, crude jokes intrude, and righteousness takes a back seat.

I have an Icy Road Faith. I want a faith that doesn’t go in and out of season. I want a faith that stands so firm that the stormiest day doesn’t make it break nor the most beautiful day of the year makes me forget it.

Take a moment. Be honest with yourself. Do you have an icy road faith? Or do you have the faith that will move mountains and change the world?

Psalm 31:24- Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.                              Matthew 24:42- Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

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