Wade and Rachelle at Breckenridge, Colorado, Saturday, March 24, 2007.
This past week Rachelle and I enjoyed a few days in Breckenridge, Colorado with some friends of ours from Emmanuel. They have a beautiful condominium at the base of Peak 9 in downtown picturesque Breckenrdge. When we arrived in Colorado on the second official day of spring, the temperature was near seventy and our son Boe was quite concerned that there would not be enough snow to ski. To our surprise the skiing was very good with many skiers wearing shirtsleeves. On our last day of skiing this past Saturday, the mountain was covered with ten inches of new snow, and the temperature was seventeen with near whiteout conditions on top of the peak. The change from Thursday to Saturday was dramatic . If asked, I would be hard pressed to say which conditions were better for skiing; they were both good -- just different. The picture above was taken Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. on the balcony of the condominium. The sudden change from sunshine and heat to snow and cold brought to mind a few lessons about change.
(1). One should learn to appreciate whatever cicumstances he finds himself in.
(2). Sometimes the most beautiful changes occur not slowly, but quite suddenly.
(3). Some of the best changes are totally outside of anyone's control but God's.
(4). Ultimately, the company you keep and friends you have make any day beautiful.
(5). It's wise to never get too disappointed or too excited about current events, since change is certain.
(6). "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself" Tolstoy.
(7). "I am the Lord, I change not" (Malachi 3:6).
I close with this thought. A reporter interviewing A.J. Muste, who during the Vietnam War stood in front of the White House night after night with a candle, one rainy night asked,"Mr. Muste, do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here alone at night with a candle?" Muste replied, "Oh, I don't do it to change the country, I do it so the country won't change me."
Just a few reflections on the sudden change from sunny seventy to snowy seventeen.
In His Grace,