On the Piste
Calling all ski enthusiasts! Yes, it’s that time of year again: not necessarily to hop on a plane in search of perfect snow and pistes, but to snuggle up in front of the TV, with an open fire, mulled wine, some leftover Christmas nibbles and watch winter sports. After all it’s so much safer, warmer and cheaper!
My own foray into skiing has been limited to a few attempts during my teenage years, with unforgettable memories. Chief among them, that time I stood at the top of a mogul run (slope with lots of tricky bumps!). How hard could it be? Well, instead of taking the Zipper, Trough, Blue or Green Line I took the straight line: Warning, do not attempt this, ever!!
Life can be like this at times. Looking ahead at this New Year we are faced with different terrains, and taking the time to work out the best approach can save time, trouble and injury! There is a lot we can learn from watching the different skiing disciplines and those who excel in them.
The year ahead is clearly mapped out, and you are going at very high speeds. Enjoy the exhilaration, as your skills and strength are tested and the world flies by. Make sure you have all the right gear and take time out for people, preparation and rest.
You know where you are going, but there are obstacles in your way that need negotiating. Not all obstacles need to be tackled or fought with; often the best way is to weave around them and focus on where you ultimately want to get to.
It seems like you are going nowhere fast, and every mile is an effort. Endurance, rhythm and pacing are your closest allies, not speed or spectacularity. Much of your hard work is unseen, but there is a sure reward at the finish line.
Maybe it’s time for you to take risks? Remember, even ski jumpers start by practising on smaller ramps. If you choose to accept the challenge you may well find that you can fly!
Why do it on a pair of skis when a board will do? Perhaps you like to do things differently and be innovative. That’s great, and it may help to explain it to others and consider how it may affect them.
This is great fun and tests skiers abilities in all sorts of way, including mastering the dreaded mogul run. You may have to juggle many different roles, and so it makes sense to evaluate if you have the best approach available for each of them.
None of the skiers we admire could do what they are doing without the support of so many people, and the same is true for us in life. One of the most moving sights is that of blind people skiing and to listen to them describe the joy and freedom they experience. To make the most of that experience they develop an extraordinary sensitivity to the instructions and tone of their guide’s voice and, of course, complete trust. Whatever terrain you are facing, God in Jesus offers to be your ultimate coach, trainer, physio, guide and friend. Doing life with Him may not be smooth, but if you give Him a chance, you may well be in for the ultimate ride.