I instinctively reached out and was able to grab onto the pole of the basketball hoops. As I slid around the pole, I imagined that I looked like I was gracefully skating in the Olympics like Meryl Davis holding on to Charlie White’s hand going for the Gold. As I clung on for dear life, I was grateful to have grabbed the regulation basketball hoop and not the little plastic one. If I had tried to stop myself with the little one, I would have more likely ended up on a YouTube video of ridiculous ice falls than ESPN. But because the hoop I had grabbed was anchored into the ground, it held firm, and I did not fall.
Just as that little basketball hoop was made to look like and do many of the same things the large hoop does, so were we made in the image of God with many of God’s attributes. There is nothing wrong with getting help and support from other people; 1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us to do just that! “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
But no matter who we seek support from, people made in the image of God are not the same as God. God is immoveable, constant, steady, anchored. When the ice storms in our life come, if we cling to God, we will not fall.
“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
and they will be discarded.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”
Psalm 102:25-[CC1] 27
What things are you doing in your life today so that you are holding on to God?
What Bible verse is impacting you right now?
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Christine is the Lead Pastor at ARK United Methodist Church, a church replant in North Sioux City, SD. She is also a Ministry Coach with MOPS Int’l, wife to Matthew, a foster and bio mom to 6 kids, and an aspiring chicken homesteader leaning on the grace and hope of God amidst life’s messes.