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Tales From the Slopes Part 1

Posted by jon on February 15, 2010 in not so deep thoughts |

Our first day on the slopes couldn’t have gone better. The conditions were amazing. There was fresh snow overnight and it continued on and off most of the day. The sun poked out a few times to give a little relief from the wind, but we also got to see the snow blowing around which is a sight this Georgia boy has only seen in snow globes.

I was very proud of all of our first time skiers. They (As I am writing this Josh is sitting next to me taking great offence that I have yet to mention the snowboarders who also did well. I know, it’s a bit annoying but there you go. We all have a cross to bear. [He is also correcting my grammar])…as I was saying, they all made great progress and even tackled a couple blue runs.

Its interesting that some folks just take to skiing and are just off and running for some we had to work step by step to build their confidence. At the end of the day we all made it down the mountain in some form or another. Some quickly, some slowly, some gracefully, some…um how shall I say…less gracefully, but no one was left on the mountain.

One of the biggest challenges when on the slopes is facing a new hill. On a familiar run you know where the tricky spots are, where you need to control your speed, and where it’s best to open it up and build momentum. On a new trail you’re never really sure what is coming. It can be paralyzing. Standing at the top of a steep drop not knowing where you’ll be when you reach the bottom there is no sane mind that isn’t at least a little concerned and for most of us it just pure terror. But as of this publication standing at the top afraid has never gotten anyone to the bottom.

We all face those terrifying moments in life. We are always happier sticking to the familiar than venturing into new and often scary waters, but in the moments when we feel least capable is when we find God being the most sufficient. God is because we aren’t and that’s why nothing can seperate us from the love of God. Neither height nor depth, not black diamond or mild concussion, God is with us in all of it. One might say God is everywhere.

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