Guest Blogger: Scott Zabel—Making Tracks for God

Monday is for Discussion

My friend Scott Zabel sent me some observations and reflections on last week’s dusting of snow. I love it when the people of God are attuned to the moment and looking for something that will take their hearts back to the cross. When Scott sent me this, I thought of a book by Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse, former pastor of the famous 10th Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and a master at illustration.

In a book called Let Me Illustrate, a collection of some of his many sermon illustrations, he wrote a brief introduction and told the story of driving down the road and his children asking him questions about his stories. He told them that anything could be made into an illustration, whereupon they began to point at things and ask him to make it into an illustration of some biblical truth. It’s been years since I read the book, but Scott reminded me when he wrote down this story.

Snow tracks

As I got out of my vehicle this morning, I saw the fresh tracks the wheels had made in the light dusting of snow. Not an unusual sight in northern Illinois in the middle of January, but for some reason, this morning, it made me stop and think. What I realized, as I looked at the tracks, is the different path the rear wheels had taken. Although nearly identical in shape, the rear wheels had definitely taken a different path. I also noticed that the tighter the turn the vehicle had made, the greater the distance between the two paths.

How often does my walk with Christ resemble the path of the rear wheels? When the road is straight and easy to navigate, my path can look almost identical to His. However, as life starts to put some curves in my way, my path starts to depart from His. The sharper the curves, the more distant I feel from Him.

While I am writing this, I still wonder if this is a negative thing or merely an observation of our spiritual journey in a sinful world. For even though the path of the rear wheels departs from the front, they look similar enough in shape that anyone looking at the two paths can clearly see not only that the rear wheels are following the front, but also which set of wheels are in the lead.

Blessings to you as you make tracks!!  


Thanks Scott. And Let’s all of us make the straightest tracks we can to Jesus and the cross.

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