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?
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?