The winter of 2017 – 2018 will be remembered as one of the snowiest winters in Prince George, BC, in recent years. In the middle of March 2018, the snow was still 3-4 feet deep in places. After the first major snowfall that winter, I decided to go for my usual Sunday morning walk. My route normally takes me through Rainbow Park, a beautiful area of open space in the city.
I quickly realized that I needed snowshoes instead of the boots I was wearing; the snow was deeper than I thought it would be. I began searching the way ahead of me to find the places where the wind had blown the snow in such a way that the bare ground was visible. I used those bare spots to make my way forward easier. This worked for a while until I came to the middle of the park. Here there were no obvious bare spots. There was deep snow everywhere. I turned to go back the way I had come when this thought came to me:
“The difficulty of the path is not a sufficient reason for turning back.”
As I began to reflect on this thought, I realized that “the difficult path” is a metaphor for adversity. We can run/hide from adversity, or we can learn from adversity.
- The way forward is often through the adversity. This is where the lesson is often
learned. Adversity will reveal, and if we are willing, will refine character.
- If we don’t face it now we will meet it another time.
- We need a source of encouragement in times of adversity. Some people look to God, others look to friends and family. Who or what is your source of encouragement?
- Sometimes the challenge is to find another way/path forward. That is, the difficulty forces/encourages us to be creative.
- Sometimes the wise choice is to turn back!
Adversity brings us out of our comfort zone. Growth occurs outside our comfort zone.
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