As I boarded the high speed chair lift I couldn’t see the top of the mountain where I was headed. As we made our way up the mountain my visibility was reduced to 2 chairs ahead, and then as we approached the unloading zone I realized that I couldn’t really see more than about 15 feet ahead. As I slid off the lift on my board I could not even see the condition of the snow I was sliding over. I stopped and strapped my left foot onto my board and headed down the mountain. The poor visibility along with the gusty wind made me nervous and I was a little hesitant to pick up much speed, but knew (having been on this run before) that if I did not carry some speed I would stop moving and have to get out of my bindings and skate for a while. I hate skating on my board. The usual landmarks for getting down the mountain were not visible. I passed a few people that appeared to be stopped and waiting for the fog to clear a little before proceeding down the run. That thought never entered my mind…I just kept moving.
This was the scenario one day this week as I enjoyed some time at Heavenly in Lake Tahoe, California. As I made my way back onto the same foggy lift I reflected on the trip down through the fog. Sometimes life is like my journey through the fog on my snowboard. We can’t always see exactly where we are going. We’ve been there before, but the usual landmarks aren’t visible. We get hesitant and perhaps even stop moving. We pray that God will make things clear so that we can move again and know that we are moving in the right direction. The truth is that we know the right direction even if we can’t see clearly the destination. I believe we are called to keep moving.
One of my favorite movies in recent years is “Meet the Robinsons”. I am not going to recap the movie for you, but the motto that comes forward in the film is ‘Keep Moving Forward’. Here’s my takeaway for the purposes of this blog: Life is full of obstacles, failures, fogginess…God calls us to keep moving through it all toward Him. We know the right direction even if we can’t always see clearly the path in front of us.
So we always have courage. We know that while we live in this body, we are away from the Lord. We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.
2 Corinthians 5:6-7