by Bridget Sileo
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
With snowfall totals last week topping thirty inches in many areas, news stations changed their terminology from snow clearing to snow removal. What’s the difference? Snow clearing and road treatment can be done easily by a plow pushing snow to the sides of the roads and dropping rock salt and ashes as they go [or even before a storm comes–in preparation]. Snow removal means that heavier equipment needs to be brought in to pick up and transport snow to a different location.
This reminds me of the way we deal with sing that comes into our lives. If we treat our spirits as the road crews treat the streets in preparation for a forecasted storm, we would be better prepared when temptation and trials come our way. Jesus has guaranteed that in this life we will have trials of many kinds. We need to put down the ashes and rock salt of prayer and God’s Word in order to be prepared when these things come to us and not be surprised by them.
If we don’t take these precautions, we might need some help clearing the snow [or sin] from our lives. We may need to wait for God to come and plow away some of the snow that we didn’t prepare for. However, if we continue to ignore sin and allow it to pile up in our lives, prohibiting God from clearing away the beginning of sin and letting it take root, we will find ourselves in the position of needing heavier equipment to remove it. It will take longer for us to dig out and require more energy that could have been used for something else.
We need to prepare ourselves for trials and temptation while the weather is good in our lives. Let’s not be naïve, thinking we will not face those things in our lives, or that we can prepare for the storm when it comes. Let’s be prepared for whatever comes our way.