Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Skating On Thick Ice


From cartoons to dramatic movie scenes we have been inundated with images of people treading on thin ice. While fear may sell ratings it does not bring stability in our lives. Stepping onto solid ground takes more than sure footing. When we believe and trust in God, more than ourselves, He will guide us through the danger zones and into the winner's circle.
Recently, I visited a few ice skating rinks and have been amazed by the confidence of those balancing on blades. From hockey players to figure skaters, I have witnessed an incredible display of comfort and ease. Individually I do not know where each of their confidence comes from, but collectively I know that all of these skaters believe that their feet are connected to something solid and stable , which lends itself to help them perform.

When I was in my early teens I learned to ice skate, but not on such safe conditions. Living in a very rural area of Kansas my ice skating lessons consisted of shaky legs, second hand skates with broken laces, an outdoor pond, snowy conditions, and a very encouraging preteen coach/friend. Thinking back, my abilities on the ice where far from professional:
Needless to say, I was working through feelings of fear when we first arrived at the site. We stepped off of our four-wheeler ATV chariot, laced up our skates, tightened our scarves and proceeded to push our blades out onto a snow covered pond. Constantly looking at my feet for cracks in the ice or excess slush; not trusting the ever changing conditions around me I knew the surface under my feet was about to break through to the icy water below.
Although I revisited this pond several times over the years and became a better skater with each practice, I never became confident of the thin ice beneath my laces. Beyond my adventures at the pond I continued to live my life over thin ice.

You see without God we are all just skating on unsolid ground. Even as a Christian, my life seemed to be skating in and out of danger zones. When we accept Jesus as our Lord we admit that we need a Savior, and this very act gives us access to a place called Heaven. This in and of itself is amazing, but what many do not realize, (I know I did not for many years), is that we are not just saved from this world, but we are saved from the fears in it as well.
As a Christian God gives us so much. He gives us a spirit of power. His power comes to dwell inside of us. This is the same power that spoke light into darkness, and raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus Christ Himself explained that we are better off that He is no longer a man walking this earth, because now God is able to send the power of the Holy Spirit to help us.  Not only do we have His power, but His love, (because that is who He is (1 Jn 4:16)), and His sound mind. The NIV calls this mind one of "self-discipline". Because He lives in us, as a Christian, our discipline comes from who He is, which is a powerful place.
When we spend intimate time with God and personally study His Word we learn the truth for our selves. Once I started reading the Word, for myself, I discovered the truth about what He has given to me and the power of it. Fear has no place when you confidently know where you stand, or skate for that matter. The more I read the word of God the more confident I become in the thickness of the Rock I stand upon. My surroundings may become cracked and shaky, but I remain poised as I keep my feet centered on His firm promises. I may be "a work in progress", but He is not, therefore I choose to trust in Him so that I am able to claim victory no matter where my feet may glide.

"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind," (2 Tim. 1:7 KJV)

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