A few days ago my friend Barbara had a car accident after hitting black ice. Before moving to NYC I had not heard of black ice. This is a clear or transparent patch of ice that is more slick than other forms of roadway ice and contributes to a massive amount of auto accidents, some of which are fatal. Other than her car being damaged my friend was okay for which I am very thankful. As I was thinking about how hazardous black ice is and my need to be extra careful while driving this time of year my mind begin to dwell on some other life lessons. Throughout life we will face obstacles, adversity, disappointment, grief, pain, people who are a negative influence, integrity or health issues. How I respond will determine whether these circumstances become a stepping stone or a stumbling block. Are you facing any black ice in your life? Maybe something you are attracted to or tempted by but deep down you know you should turn away. Be careful and watch your step. Just like black ice can cause an accident, many life choices can also cause you to wipe out.
“Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.” Ephesians 6:13-17 Msg Bible