Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
During a recent ice storm, my car lost traction while going up an incline. Back it slid, tires losing all traction until the car stopped crosswise on the avenue. Too slippery for me to leave the car safely, I pushed the emergency light button and waited. I felt like a prisoner. After a quick “help me, Lord” prayer, a pickup came toward me. The driver turned, parked on the level side street nearby, exited his vehicle and skated his way down to my car. Within seconds, he had me steering downhill, told me how to get back to my driveway and left. I vowed not to take any more chances in the future.
At times I become stuck in other ways. Sometimes fear will tempt me to forget God’s promises, causing me to let anxiety rule my emotions. My bad habits also tend to make me slip and slide away from His help. We lose traction when we’re fearful or angry, when bad habits and sin control us or depression keeps us from His Word and presence.
We need only to seek the Lord’s aid through His Word, prayer or godly advice from others during the times we’re forced to wait helplessly for someone to free us from the relentless ice of hindrances. Jesus said, “Most assuredly I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:34-36) God would have us be free from any obstacle.
“Therefore … let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Spinning and slipping on ice is a heavy burden, for it keeps us from reaching our destination. The same applies to our life with Christ. When we allow ourselves to become trapped by sin and temptation, it hinders our walk with Him. I should have known better than to venture out after an ice storm. But we all can vow to avoid anything that will keep us from abiding in—clinging to—Christ.
Thank You, Lord, for promising to keep us from slipping and sliding on life’s icy roads. Give us the wisdom to know what to avoid and the will to stay on Your safe, sure path. In Jesus’ name, amen.