May 4, 2009

What's With the Ice Cream?

What does ice cream have to do with singleness? Not much, but it does have something to do with being a follower of Christ.

Robert Redford's character in The Way We Were wrote a book called A Country Made of Ice Cream. As I recall, the first line of the book went something like this: "In a way, he was like the country he lived in. Everything always came too easily to him."

I have often thought of that line as I have watched Christians seem to melt at difficulties and slights, big and small, real and imagined. Sometimes we think that being a Christian should make life easy, but Jesus never promised that following Him would be easy. For those of us who are single, we often think we have a harder road to walk, a heavier burden to lift. Sometimes the road really is harder and the burden really is heavier. But too often we forget that God is there to lift us up.

We're made of sturdier stuff than ice cream. More than that, we have the promise of a Father who is always there for us.

...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

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