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Watch Out!! The Devil is in the Ice!
The Mind is an Amazing Thing!
Today it is once again cold. After a few warm days of motorcycle-riding weather, now there is ice on the streets, in the fields and in those infamous potholes on the highway. Seems like once you get used to something it changes. That's the way our spiritual life is also.
This morning I began thinking about my spiritual life, and when I do that, I can come up with some very interesting thought processes.
Sometimes I think of talking with Jesus, hanging out with him in the mountains somewhere. Camped out, just me and him. And he is telling me stories of when he didn't quite make the boat in time and had to walk out to where his buddies were in the middle of the sea.
Sometimes we laugh at how they were freaked out. Other times I sort of freak out myself thinking about it. But he has his way of calming me down and grounding me back to normal (whatever that is).
Antithetical Means Mutually Incompatible
This morning I began thinking of ice as the devil. That's sort of an antithetical statement considering where the devil lives isn't it. But even if Satan lives in hell, he doesn't stay there. He hangs out with us all the time. And this morning he is in the ice! Why do I say that?
Well, he's like that patch of ice that we sometimes call "black ice" that you don't see until it's too late and you go skidding past a turn you needed to make. His heart is cold as ice because he takes delight when we miss our turn and then he tries to convince us we are stupid for missing the turn. And since his mission is to kill steal and destroy, he loves it when he steals the show on a bridge with icy spots that make you swerve, go out of control and sometimes end up a wreck.
And, oh, how our life has so many of those bridges we have to cross. We can be doing great in life, you know, just walking or driving the straight and narrow and not paying too much attention to anything...just chillin and thinkng we have it made. And then, BAM, we find ourselves in the middle of a spin on an icy bridge.
So what's the answer? There is always going to be ice and icy roads and bridges. We have to be able to travel to places that we need to go spiritually. We need to be able to make those curves of temptation. We need to be able to make it to the top of the hills of trials and tribulations. We have to dodge the potholes of addictions and wanting to fall back in our old dysfunctional patterns. What is the answer?
Well, the answer is of course God/Jesus but I believe, in this case most of all, the Spirit.
You see the Spirit is like our subconscious. Our subconscious mind controls the automatic part of our lives. It's what makes us do things automatically without thinking about them. Things like breathing, blinking your eyes, not having to tell your heart to beat, and slowing down when there is ice on the bridge.
Once the Spirit comes into us and begins to live within us all the time, we automatically begin to act in the Spirit. We automatically know God is alive and Satan is a liar. We know God loves us and Satan loathes us. And we know that even if Satan is all around us, if we have the Spirit within us, we can make it through the ice, the floods, the drought and whatever comes our way.
Today I hope you have that Spirit in you. If you don't you can ask my friend Jesus how to make it through the ice. He will help you through it and if you somehow get stuck or slide off into a ditch, he'll send the rescrue crew after you.