Tuesday, February 21, 2012

LET'S PLAY ILLUSTRATION- The game where I give you a scenario and you tell me what spiritual analogies can be drawn from it.

Last week Camp Maranatha received its first heavy snowfall of the year. It was the sort of snowstorm that comes down overnight, burying the mountain in silence. We have had an unusually mild winter here in Idyllwild so the snow storm was all anyone was talking about in town the next day. It was interesting to note all the various associations that the word “Snow” held for people. For example, to the snow plow operator snow meant income, but for the person who needed their driveway plowed it was an expense. For children, snow meant sledding and snowball fights, but for the elderly it was a slippery walk. For local business owners, snow was “white gold” because it brought tourists up from warmer climes down below, but for the CHP officer that influx of motorists on icy roads meant more traffic collisions. You see, even though we all would agree on the definition of the word snow, “crystals of ice formed from water vapor in the air,” it can still hold many different associations for us depending on our experience, perspective, or even our personality.

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