Snow, Wood and Iron
CLOSE THE ROADS! PRE-EMPT NORMAL TV PROGRAMMING! CALL OFF THE WORLD!
WE'VE HAD A BLIZZARD!
You're lookin' at a HALF INCH of SNOW there, folks.
If you don't have any bread or milk, don't go looking for any in central Alabama; folks usually start buying it up en mass when the Weatherman utters the word "Snow". See, all the Interstates are elevated in downtown Birmingham, and they ice over when you get 1/4 inch of snow or so, and they close the city. Besides, nobody in Alabama that wasn't raised at least through age 25 in the frozen North, knows how to drive in snow or ice. Well, I don't guess I can blame them for THAT.
Personally, I like snowy roads here. There's never any traffic, and when there is, it's almost always sitting in the ditch waiting for a wrecker.
But something interesting happened when it started to snow, and, as I told Peg, she'd flung one on me when when she mentioned something to me. Here's what it was:
This is a picture of the little deck in front of our house that lets folks walk up from the driveway, to our front door.
It had just started snowing and when I walked back into the kitchen, Peg said "The snow is everywhere EXCEPT over the nailheads!". She thought that was sort of spooky. But then it hit me: STEEL holds heat better than WOOD.
In the picture below, the black dots in the snow are the nailheads.
I have to ask myself what kind of Christian I am. Is my faith built on wood, hay & stubble, or am I more like Iron? Are the things of this world going to crush and splinter me, or will interaction with my peers sharpen me? I can get all sort of upset when the sparks fly, but when iron's sharpened, that's what happens, isn't it?
Try rubbing a board against a grinding wheel and see what it gets you.
And I have to ask myself what's going to happen to me when the chill of reality about this or that, or the cold shoulder of some other human being, throws a monkey wrench at my faith.
It's axiomatic that, when you settle for LESS than is yours, you will get LESS than you settled for! So if my faith is to be like those iron nails that will keep their heat through the snowstorm, then I'm not about to settle for faith that's less than that.
You know what God says about lukewarm.