Thin Ice

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.

Psalm 143:10 (NLT)

I remember one winter up at Camp Wawona in Yosemite. I was with some friends playing around in the snow. It was January, so it was very cold, and there was a lot of snow, icicles, and ice pretty much everywhere. One of my friends spotted a frozen pond and we decided to check it out. Basically, we all ran to the pond, hit our knees and slid out into the middle of it. We spent some time sliding around and playing a made-up game of hockey with a rock and some tree branches. We had a lot of fun, luckily. I say luckily because none of us had checked to see if the ice was thick enough to support the weight of three boys running, sliding, and jumping on it.

The unfortunately reality is that many people (and animals) die each year because they ventured out onto thin ice. Though the ice looks OK from the surface, the ice isn’t thick enough to support them. So, they crash through into a freezing environment that can kill them in minutes, and unless someone intervenes, they are on their own.

Often times, we venture out into areas of life which have thin ice. Sure, it all looks ok from the surface, but the real test is what is underneath – what is holding it all together. We take the risk into the unknown. The ice begins to crack, we’re in trouble. If we don’t retreat fast enough, we will face certain doom. In life, the ice can be relationships, or addiction, workplace, school, or a thousand other things. And when it begins to crack, it’s no fun.

King David found himself on thin ice quite often. This is why he penned a reminder to about how to check the ice we’re about to tread upon, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” In other words, we must allow God to tell us whether the ice ahead is thick enough, whether to wait for it to harden, or if we should simply take a different path. He’s the expert when it comes to these things. Let Him measure the ice. Let Him pick the route. We must let Him lead us on sure footing.

So, today, and every day, ask God to check the ice up ahead. Make sure He is the one who gets to make the decision on whether it is safe to proceed. Otherwise, you may find yourself standing on thin ice.

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