“Sometimes you take from the mountain…sometimes the mountain takes back.”
My pastor said that about our high school ministry’s senior skiing/snowboarding trip a few days ago. I chuckled. The next day, the mountain took back, all right…from me. I took a nasty spill but got up and made it down the mountain by myself. Totally worth it.
A few reflections from our days in the mountains of Colorado:
1.) Skiing reminds me of our challenge to be motivated by the glory of God as Christians. Skiing, especially for novices like me, has you looking down at the ground all day. You’re watching for obstacles, picking out your line, watching the cross traffic and downhill traffic, feeling the burn. Every now and the, especially on the lifts, you look up and go, “Wow! Look at that incredible view!” It’s there the whole time and somehow you manage not to notice. Same goes with the glory of God. Everything, and I mean everything, is to be done for His glory (1 Cor 10:31). The details of daily life distract us from this focus rather than directing us, as they should. Look up, take it all in, and glorify God in all things.
2.) How awesome was creation before sin? All creation is under the curse of sin (Rom 8:22). It’s as if the edge has been taken off of their glory. As they stand right now, the mountains are pretty incredible. It definitely makes me look forward to the new earth.
3 .) God loves to build us up by stripping us down. In a parallel sort of way, our mission to prepare our seniors for the challenges of college life is helped by our utter fatigue from snow sports. At the end of the day, we’re ready to have some awesome conversation. At salvation, God regenerates us by His Spirit, crucifying the old man and making us a new creation (Rom 6:6, Col 3:9-10). As we grow God displaces our sinful tendencies with Christ (Col 1:24).
Good trip. It’s a shame that once you get to know people so well that it’s time for them to move on. Still, the fruit of the ministry makes it worthwhile.
And it barely hurts anymore.