Gearing up for your Part

An axe, harness, and clippers. Three items required for ice climbing. Along with mountaineering boots, crampons, helmet and backpack, you’re geared up to climb a frozen glacier or waterfall. All it takes is the gear to scale a slick and slippery mountain, right?

Ice Climbers, Maligne Canyon, Jasper, Alberta

When I was part of an ensemble cast for a professional play, to help get into my part, the seasoned actors advised me to wear the shoes that fit my character. I played a rich mother in the the late 1800’s, so this meant low pump dress shoes. It did help, however I also needed to know where to stand, when to move, and my lines of course! Just me dressing in character was not enough to play my part in the story–at least well!

“Fake it until you make it,” is a slogan a well meaning friend may advise you to pump up your ego when you feel inadequate. Although good to help our self-doubts, you can’t fake an unlearned skill! It would be quite dangerous to fake that you know how to dangle yourself on a frozen waterfall when no one has showed you how to use your just- purchased- from- amazon ice axes and ice screws. Even when wearing your shiny new back pack, the first time you climb, it’s best to go with someone who knows the sport, or take a lesson from an expert.

Jesus was the expert on the Kingdom of God. He often taught in parables, and to those who dressed the part of priests and religious scholars. Some listeners dismissed the parables as just stories.(Matthew 13: 9,10). Some agreed with Jesus teachings but had no desire to obey. And others listened deeply, receiving spiritual understanding that resulted in intentionally putting into practice Jesus teachings.

Like an ice-climber, each step requires us to anchor ourselves to what we know will hold us as we climb our own mountains. We need to put into practice His words so we play our part in His story and do not slip. And when scale our dreams, we have His promise that He still holds our harness as we continue to seek His truths.

“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” Matthew 13:16

Did you know that seasoned ice climbers say the best places for ice-climbing are in the Canadian Rockies? Have you ever ice-climbed? If not, do you want to try ice-climbing?

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    1. Haha, Melissa! I can understand why ice climbing is not on your ‘to do’ list! It is definitely is not for everyone! But nor is writing a book, which is a tough mountain to climb, too. And you have done that! 🙂

  1. My fear of heights and intolerance to cold has kept me from ever attempting ice-climbing. Plus, I’m a klutz! I don’t think I’m that good of a faker, Lynn. Your photographs are absolutely stunning.God’s creations are awe inspiring and it’s obvious He has given you a gift to capture these amazing sights. Beautiful message today.

    1. I hope you are staying warm today, Jill! I have a fear of heights too, but I do love watching the climbers! On winter mountain hikes, I am delighted when I see a group scaling a waterfall. Yes, God’s creations are stunning!

  2. This is such a powerful truth, Lynn, “Like an ice-climber, each step requires us to anchor ourselves to what we know will hold us as we climb our own mountains. We need to put into practice His words, so we play our part in His story and do not slip. And when scale our dreams, we have His promise that He still holds our harness as we continue to seek His truths.”
    The pictures are absolutely gorgeous! No, I do not desire to ice climb, but I appreciate them sharing their views with us.

  3. I’ve never been a “fake it to make it” fan. I so appreciated this > “each step [of faith] requires us to anchor ourselves to what we know will hold us as we climb our own mountains.” May we stay anchored to God’s Word and Truth so we do not slip and lose our way. Beautiful photos and wonderful post!

    1. “Fake it to make it,” may seem to work in the short-term, but transformation takes much more! I used to be a fan of faking it just to feel better, but it was short-lived. As you mention, it is staying anchored in God’s Word and Truth that changes us and guides us. Blessings to you, Joanna!

  4. I have never even heard of ice climbing before. The photos are amazing, but I don’t think I’d want to try it! I like the link you make with staying anchored to God’s truth.

  5. Oh my, that looks scary, Lynn. Did you try it, too? This is such a great analogy to life and I especially love this – “Like an ice-climber, each step requires us to anchor ourselves to what we know will hold us as we climb our own mountains.” Love and blessings to you!

    1. No, I haven’t tried ice-climbing, Trudy! I think I’ll try rock wall climbing first, although I do have a fear of heights! Yes, God is our anchor, holding us through our explorations, including seeking His truth. Always wonderful to read your words here.

  6. Lynn, yes, we need to anchor ourselves to Jesus and His word so we can best play our part in the story He’s writing in and through us. Personally, I don’t know if I’d ever be brave enough to try ice climbing. But I wouldn’t mind visiting the Canadian Rockies one day! 🙂

    PS—Have you ice climbed?

    1. I pray you get to visit the Canadian Rockies one day! I think you’d enjoy them, and also capture many wonderful photos. I haven’t ice-climbed but I am curious about it! I may start to seek more information about it and find someone who does. My adventurous daughter rock climbs but maybe she’ll try ice-climbing one day so I can ‘live’ the adventure through her. 🙂

  7. Fabulous post, Lynn! Ice climbing sounds fascinating! What an experience you must have enjoyed! I love the object lessons here about tethering ourselves to Jesus (the expert!) and His proven ways to face all life holds for us! Thank you for a refreshing moment today!