Learning to drive in a winter climate is a unique challenge. You need to know how to handle slippery conditions, make sure your washer fluid is topped up when the white stuff starts melting, and on those occasions where we get a large dump of snow, you have to learn to navigate the ruts that form in the streets. Residential areas are particularly unique, because they don’t get road maintenance as often as the major routes do. This means that when you drive a small car like mine in a neighborhood filled with trucks, the ruts can often dictate where you’re headed (whether you like it or not).
We had one of those significant snowfalls recently – likely one of the last of the year – and it got me thinking about something St. Paul wrote:
I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. -Romans 7:15
As I try to navigate my little Honda through these snowy ruts through our long Alberta winter , I’ve started to wonder if this is precisely what St. Paul meant about the moral life. After all, on many of these days I’m not driving the places I want to, but the ruts are pulling me to the places I don’t want to go. [Read more…] about Stuck in a Rut