I don’t know why I read the article, but I did. It had to do with learning to ski, and that’s the last thing on my mind. Any activity that involves snow is on my “Never to do” list. But something about this article caught my attention, and it made a good point. Here it is, in part:
“One of the hardest lessons any novice skier has to learn is that he must lean away from the hill and not into it. His natural inclination is to stay as close to the slope as possible, because it feels safer and more secure. But only when he leans out can he begin to move and to control his own movements, rather than being controlled by the slope.”
As I read that article I couldn’t help but think of one of the first Christian songs I learned-“Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”. The writer of that grand old song tells us that leaning on Jesus will keep us “Safe and secure from all alarms”. He is exactly right!
As we go through this troubled world, we often find ourselves on slippery slopes that frighten us. Our tendency is to lean the wrong direction. What we need to do is to lean upon the Lord-lean upon Christ and away from the world. That’s the only way we can traverse the slippery slopes and reach our spiritual goals. That’s the only way we can avoid a fall.
Another song is entitled “Learning to Lean”. That makes an important point. We must learn to lean upon Jesus. Sadly, that’s not something we do by nature. Many of us had to experience many falls before we finally learned to lean upon the Lord. The truth is that we are always learning. Just about the time we think we’ve learned our lesson, we find ourselves on another slippery slope, often a steeper slope, that threatens our security, and we have to be reminded to lean in the right direction. Remember, we are under control and able to reach our goal only as we lean upon the Lord. He never lets us down! You can trust Him regardless of what frightening experience you are going through. Jesus never fails. To stay upright, lean on Jesus. Think about it!