Shoveling Snow and Trust

Like many Minnesotans, I have spent time shoveling snow the past three days.  Saturday’s blizzard left some deep drifts in front of my garage door that only a shovel could reach.  I was out twice Saturday during the storm and early Sunday morning to be sure that I could make it to Resurrection on time.  Each time I started to shovel, I thought, “This will take forever, my tiny shovel against all this snow!’  Yet each time, with perseverance and patience, I made my way down the driveway to the street.

The spiritual analogy for me is that following Jesus can seem like a daunting, overwhelming task, like shoveling snow in a blizzard.  We often think our faith needs to come from some dramatic change that radically transforms our life in a moment.  And there certainly can be dramatic moments when Jesus comes suddenly alive.  We read about such moments in the Bible; Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus is an example (Acts 9).

But that is only a portion of our faith.  Jesus compares our faith to a tiny mustard seed that slowly, steadily becomes a great tree (Luke 13).  Or the book of Hebrews describes trust as a runner who perseveres in day after day training in order to win the race (Hebrew 12).  Like shoveling out a driveway, each prayer, Bible study, journal reflection, spiritual discipline helps clear the path of trust in God.  Such work builds patience, a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It also keeps us mindful of God’s ever-present grace and love that surround us.

Of course, I rejoice that I did not need to shovel all the way to Resurrection Lutheran.  There are limits to any analogy!

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One thought on “Shoveling Snow and Trust

  1. Sarah S

    I like this analogy a lot. I haven’t felt quite so overwhelmed as I did when we faced a sizable driveway, deep with snow, armed only with shovels. But as you wrote, the driveway was eventually clear. And like I often discover with prayer, Bible study, or spiritual habit or discipline, there are usually additional side benefits that I don’t notice until later, when I can look back and see the accumulated blessings – fun time shovelling together as a family, needed exercise, a beautiful, crisp Minnesota night, and more. Thanks for your blog.

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