The other day I wanted to go for a walk in the snow-filled woods behind the Monastery. I got dressed with all my winter gear and headed outside. Not too far into my hike I realized that I was not properly prepared. I had thought that enough time had passed since the last snowfall and assumed that plenty of people had been on the trails to have packed them down. I also underestimated the amount of snow that had fallen over the last week. Needless to say, after sinking up to my waist in snow (not once but three times) I turned around and headed home. I needed my snowshoes.
The next day I headed back out and this time I was better prepared. I had my snowshoes and it made for a much better experience. While I enjoyed my winter’s walk, I thought there were spiritual applications to this lesson of preparedness. There are things we all need to be prepared for on our journey of faith.
First, we need to name God as our Father and claim our commitment to Jesus. We need to be people of prayer. We need to listen to God. And, that listening requires obedience. I think we also need love. It is important to have good companions and holy examples. Scripture, holy reading, and the Sacraments are always needed. And the list goes on and on…
Every day we need to be prepared to follow Christ. Every day we need to be prepared to say “yes” to God. Every day we need to be prepared to suffer and sacrifice, to love and serve. I believe it will take more than a pair of snowshoes to be prepared for that!