A few days ago we were in Minnesota visiting with my parents. Since the weather has been so nice we decided that we would like to go ice skating with the cousins at Lake George.
This is the lake in the middle of the city that we walk around in the summer and skate on in the winter.
It was a blast!
We stayed on the lake for nearly two hours skating, falling, sledding, crawling and laughing a lot.
Once Dallas learned that I could skate fast while holding him from behind, he would run his legs as we glided across the ice. Any time we would stop it only took a moment for him to yell, “I want to tate” (we’re still working on that ‘Sk’ sound). The girls even learned how to hold a hockey stick and hit the puck.
As we drove back to KC yesterday, Leigh-Ann and I were reflecting on the fun that we had in the middle of winter in Minnesota. It occurred to us that winter is not always a favorite season for people. It sure gives us much to complain about with cold weather, icy roads and sidewalks and high heating bills.
At the same time, it can provide unique opportunities to experience life.
Like ice skating… Today, I learned that the first ice skates were discovered at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland in about 3,000 BC. The skates were made from the leg bones of large animals, holes were bored at each end of the bone and leather straps were used to tie the skates on. I imagine that some optimistic person decided to make the best out of a frozen lake and as a result has provided more smiles and laughs than we’ll ever know.
Instead of complaining about cold weather and slippery conditions, industrious people have learned to make the best out of the season of winter.
Life, like the weather, has seasons as well. There are times when things are going great and all we can count are blessings. There are other times that the seasons of life change and it seems that all we can count are problems.
Whether your present season is “counting blessings” or “counting problems” you can experience passion and contentment. As a result, you may find that your happiest times occur during your coldest days.
This Sunday, we are going to look closely at the book of Philippians in order to gauge our goals and evaluate our heart, so that no matter what season of life we find ourselves, we will be successful contributors to the Kingdom.
In a nutshell, we can either wish we were in a better season or we can make the best of the season we are in…
Wishing you the God’s best this next year!
Brag on God Topic: Share how God has been faithful to you over this past year.