In John 10:10 Jesus promises His followers abundant life. This blog is about my life as His follower.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow Musings

I am a native southern Californian.

The only times I've not lived in southern California were for brief time periods. I'm an experienced driver; on dry roads.

Not long ago we moved to a small, mountain town where we actually experience all the seasons. Driving in the snow has really been something for me. Sometimes I get scared because I can feel my tires slipping. Last year we were blessed to be able to purchase a 4yr old 4WD truck from someone who wanted a new car. I'm finding that 4WD makes things a lot easier when trying to navigate down steep, white with snow (with ice patches beneath) road. But I still sometimes hesitate, and avoid driving all together if possible, when it's really snowing hard.

Yesterday was a stormy day. So I'd asked my teen age son if, instead of me picking him up after school & practice, he could stay the night at the home of a close friend of his who attends the same school and lives down the hill.

Today was sunny so I decided to go ahead and venture out on the snow. The roads around where I live were white, the pine trees were laden with snow sparkling in the sun; it really brought to life the phrase "winter wonderland". And to think, if I'd not finally made myself face my fear and venture out into the snow, I'd have missed all the beauty I was encountering as I navigated the truck along the snowy streets.

As I was driving along I thought about how my driving on snow is a picture of how I sometimes live.

I get comfortable. I get used to doing things in familiar ways. Then something happens where I have the opportunity to do something new - but it's out of my comfort zone. I can choose not to do it because of fear - but then I'll miss out on the beauty and the blessing.

I'm reminded of what Jesus said in Mark 5:24B-26 (MSG):

Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

It's not comfortable for me to let God lead. I almost always naturally run from suffering. Self-help comes as naturally to me as breathing. I like to get what I want when I want it - not sacrifice. This way of living comes easily to me, but does not bring the results I desire.

Only when I chose to let go and let God lead, to embrace suffering that comes my way, to lean on Him, and sacrifice for God and others, can I experience the real beauty and joy in life.

Has God been showing you anything lately about moving out of your comfort zone?

8 comments:

Denise said...

Thought provoking post.

RCUBEs said...

If I didn't trust Him when He took me out of the hospital to be in the prison, I would have missed a much more challenging place where I could share Him. Despite the fear of getting out of that comfort zone, He provided me the comfort, the protection and the things I would need anyway...With Him as the driver in the car of our lives, there is nothing to fear and with Jesus, we can go for many, many miles...God bless.

~*Michelle*~ said...

"Has God been showing you anything lately about moving out of your comfort zone?"

OH yeah.....and as much as I am a control freak and letting go/letting God is truly trying....I know He is the ultimate Navigator for my life and is best qualified for the job, lol.

I think He just likes to take us on adventurous trips...I bet He is totally into rollercoasters!!!!!!

Marty Duane said...

Very nice! In reply to your question, YES! I just submitted a job application for a job in Oklahoma. I have been feeling like I need to make the move, but haven't been willing to get out of my comfort zone. I've been driving on dry roads :)...

photogr said...

I have found that putting my trust in the Lord and letting him lead has saved me many times from hardships. Especially driving in the snow up here. Origionally from Florida.

Tracy said...

Thanks Denise

Rcube - I am so glad that you stepped out in faith and work as an RN in the prison system because you are WONDERFUL there and they need people like you. Repeatedly as you tell stories I find myself thinking what a good nurse you are.

Sometimes I can be a control freak too Michelle.

Marty - I looked to see where you live now but it said Mario Town. Aren't you going to school to be a nurse? Would a move impact that?

Photogr - yes, God's leading is definitely best.

JD Curtis said...

Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all.

This is probably where I could use some improvement. I'm kind of a "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" type of person.

jenny said...

i lurrrv snow..wish i could seen one before i die:D

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