photo taken May 25th, 2018, 4:12pm
We had stopped at this location to see a frozen lake and landscape on our way to Banff. It was majestic as far as the eye could see, the mountains, the ice cap, the beautiful blue sky, and this lake that until now was frozen solid and had just begun to melt.
When into the frame stepped this young man with a paddle board… hmmm. Now I’m not one to judge, but it did cause me to contemplate, “What is he thinking?” Surely he is not going to plunge himself, on purpose, into this ice cold water, then paddle board around for the afternoon… is he? I don’t know how this story ended. It was time to load the bus, and go on to the next site on the list. So, we never saw him go in, only his intention to do so.
The action of the young man weighed on me as I consider life around me today. I don’t know what causes some people to just “jump” into an irrational pattern of behavior. I don’t understand how this action would even be a consideration. Maybe it is as simple as this young man considers himself to be a “paddle-boarder.” So in all kinds of weather, regardless of hot or cold, he goes paddle boarding. I guess I could accept that.
I also know that it might be how people look at me. I consider myself to be a person of faith, long-time pastor/teacher. So whether in adversity, or peace; when I’m sick or when I’m healthy; whether I have little, or a lot… my thoughts turn to scripture and its applications for life today. It’s who I am.
What came oozing out of this young man’s veins was, “I need to go paddle boarding,” it’s who he is.
What comes oozing out of you on a daily basis? And does the world around you always understand why it does?
There is one sure-fire way to determine people of faith in the chaos of the world today. When it’s freezing spiritually, or when it’s beautiful spiritually, the person of faith is seen this way: they are … loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and in control of themselves. How do I know this? Read Galatians 5:22-23.
The world in chaos and darkness will look at you the same way I looked at this young man… and they won’t understand it. But make no mistake, God’s Holy Spirit will use you in these actions to make a difference in your world. So let the “fruit” of God’s Spirit inside you work through you today.