It took me two hours to drive 17 miles last night. I was on the freeway. The culprit was none other than snow. There's about a good half foot of it laying outside my house right now. It will definitely be a white Christmas as no warm-ups are in site.
As I carefully inched my way along keeping a sharp eye out for icy spots and drivers who have no idea you have to drive differently on snow and ice, I noticed flashing blue lights up ahead. There were some more headed in the opposite direction. The freeway I was on crossed the interstate. I glanced down as I caught a glimpse of several more down below me. The plows and sanding trucks were out and about in full force. I knew they'd be working round the clock and the morning commute would be far different than the one I was having at the moment.
Up here in this part of the country, businesses and schools are rarely closed due to the weather. If you happen to work or go to school in the Twin Cities proper, you can almost guarantee you will be required to show up. Unless of course you have a blizzard like we did on October 31, 1991. The Halloween Blizzard lasted three days and dropped 28 inches of snow before it was over. Oh, and there was the time when the governor actually canceled school state-wide as windchills dipped to -70 degrees (F). That was one cold winter. So, in order to keep things moving we have armies of snowplows and mountains of salt and oceans of chemicals standing by and ready to go into action on a moment's notice.
This morning was different. There was still a lot of traffic. It was still cold and we still had snow. However, something had changed. I was now traveling on plowed roads. That made all of the difference in the world.
I started to think about the roads we travel as Followers of Christ. Far too often, we complain about how tough the road is. It's slippery. It's rough. We can't see very far. We're moving too slow. That's the way it is with humanity. We're good at always finding something to complain about. We are very hard to satisfy sometimes. That's something the Fall did to us. We like to be difficult and we're terribly near-sighted and arrogant at times. Okay, make that a lot of times.
We fail to realize we are traveling on plowed roads. They have been plowed by Jesus Christ himself.
Now that we know what we have-Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God-let's not let it slip through our fingers. We don't have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He's been through weakness and testing, experienced it all-all but the sin. So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. Hebrews 4:14-16 (MSG)Do not let the enemy deceive you into think the road to too hard and that you'll slide right off of it into destruction. Rather, remember that Jesus passed this way and others have followed him on this road as well. He has made it possible for us to successfully travel on the roads he has chosen us to be on. We only need to follow Him.