An icy Monday

I live in Minnesota…and I love it.  I love (almost) everything about living here.  I love the changes in seasons; the variety of weather; the many lakes to enjoy; the people; and the list could go on.  But one the of the few things I do not like about Minnesota is the ICE.

On Saturday around 1pm-ish it started to precipitate a little so I decided to go for a quick run.  When my eye lids started sticking closed I decided it was time to cut things short.  By the time I finished my 25 minute run my front side was covered in ice.   What a weird feeling.  Of course…the ice outside stuck around until the next day (Sunday and a little today still) making my drive out to Belmont and back an adventure.  I am not sure how many of you out there have driven on a sheet of ice before but let me say this…”IT IS NOT FUN.”  Stopping was a luxury that forced me to think ahead (way ahead).   I did make it out to Belmont and back without an incident…and I have yet to hear of any in the last couple days (Praise God).  But with the good you have to take the bad I guess.

There’s got to be a lesson in there somewhere…right?

(1) Going through life we need to watch our step; we could slip and fall at any moment.
(2) Christ gives us life, but we still need to deal with sin (The good and the bad).
(3) Sin may be fun, but it’s slippery slope will hurt you and others.

I may be reaching…but leave it to a pastor to look for sermon illustrations in nearly everything.  Stay tuned, though, I have another sermon illustration coming up shortly; something that happened this morning.

-edh-

4 thoughts on “An icy Monday

  1. PS

    There’s a saying about someone not being smart enough to come in out of the rain. Extrapolate that to someone running in the rain. My husband ran on slippery pavement one time and because of holding his legs and feet more stiffly than usual, he got some kind of a strain that required a cast for a week.

  2. heartofapastor Post author

    I am well aware of the risks of running in bad weather. I have done a lot of research on this so I can train year round. I may be crazy, but I like running.

  3. Mike

    As far as being crazy to run in bad weather…there’s nothing wrong with being a little “crazy” now and again. By the standards of the world, Jesus wasn’t quite sane — healing a blind man by rubbing mud in his eyes? Healing a leprous man by washing in the Jordan river…what kind of sense does that make? But I can’t think of a better role model to emulate 🙂 It seems to me that exercising to take care of the physical body that God has given us is important. Besides, I find running is a great time to meditate on things I have recently read in the Bible. It’s amazing what kind of insights you can get when you can get some time away from the business of daily life.

    I have absolutely no doubt that PS means well to warn of the risks of running in bad weather, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from doing something I love. I live in Anchorage, Alaska, and I’ve run with my husky even when the trail near my house was covered in snow and the temperature was below zero. If I waited for good weather to get outside, I’d probably cut my outdoor activities in half (or less). Like you said, know the risks, know your limitations, and then make an informed decision.

  4. heartofapastor Post author

    I know PS means well. I get some strange looks from people when I run in bad weather. I do have access to a treadmill 24/7 at the fitness center, but the treadmill gets old after while. I seem to get more out of my run when I run outside. On the treadmill you can quit whenever you want…outside, you need to get back home so your options are limited (thank God).

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