Dear Friends, this is David Telbat today with an Author Reflection. We all struggle occasionally with doubting God. We shouldn’t, because He is trustworthy! But we are easily distracted. Our eyes wander. Our faith is weak. Not long ago, I heard from a missionary friend in Alaska who shared something that immediately rang true for the Christian life. I hope you remember this simple motto about snowmobiling when it comes to your faith in God.
The Ice Is Breaking!
Some missionaries travel up the frozen rivers of Alaska to reach remote villages of the native people. They travel by snowmobile. Since the rivers are wide and long, and connected to the ocean, the rivers have a tide that comes in and out. As such, the ice that freezes when the tide is in may not have any water under it when the tide goes out. Falling through that ice can be a death trap for snowmobilers!
But that’s not all. There are areas of ice that are many inches thick, and other areas that have recently frozen over, so they may be only millimeters thick. From the perspective of a snowmobiler loaded with a sled full of Bibles and radios, all this ice looks the same on the surface.
There is a rule while snowmobiling in Alaska, and that rule/motto is meant to be chiseled in the reflexes of those courageous enough to brave the icy wilderness. The motto is: “When in doubt, throttle out.” Meaning, if you’re not sure the ice is thick enough, don’t stop! Stopping is the worst thing you can do. If you feel yourself sinking, it’s better to throttle out—speed up, apply more fuel!
When my missionary friend shared that motto with me, I thought, wow, how appropriate for the Christian life! I don’t mean that we should speed up our activity. But when we sense ourselves sinking, we should apply more faith in our God to fuel us ahead and through the obstacle.
When the ice of our lives feels like it is giving way, we throttle out—we speed ahead as if God gave us wings of eagles. Our situations may not always change when we apply fresh faith to our ice-breaking moments. However, any time we apply our faith in God to situations, we cannot be held captive by the situation itself. “When in doubt, throttle out—with more faith fuel in our God!“
See you on the next page!—David Telbat
COMING UP: Join us next time for “June 2018 Novel Update by D.I. Telbat.” David has much to share about his future plans for the COIL saga! And for our following post, watch for a Distant Harm Inside Story, “He Felt Honored.”