By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Leaving a friend’s house, I found myself stuck in an “ice root” that kept pulling me back into its deepening little hole. First I drove hard and my tires spun, next I drove soft and simply went deeper … back and forth to no avail.
Getting out and surveying my little dilemma I remembered that there was a small supply of salt in our trunk for just such an occasion.
I littered the ground with the bag of salt and gently applied my foot to the pedal;
I could feel the tires take hold and traction was now on my side.
I got out and made my way home;
I left the ice and the hole behind.
Sometimes we face slippery ice spots in our lives.
They pull us backward and the more we try to get ourselves out the deeper the hole grows. Nothing seems to work … first the slow then the fast until, finally, we’re in very deep.
These times cannot be fleshed out or worked out,
They must be eaten out by the salt of God’s word.
Once the salt is applied, a slow steady movement called prayer needs to be added, and soon with consistent application on the pedal of obedience … traction is gained, momentum is given, and we are once more free to move on.
How glorious the freedom of being out of the hole and on to good ground once again.
But it takes time and deliberate, wise activity.
If you are struggling with an arena of life that feels like an ice patch … confidently assert your position in Christ, as His child, and steep yourself in the word of God and in prayer until the “salt of it” moves you on.
The traction and momentum will come,
Leave the ice and the hole behind.
God will be faithful and you will overcome;
Trust Him and keep moving on.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4