What a great pleasure to drive back to church after lunch today under a blue sky and on bare pavement! And to think just a few days ago, that same trip was surrounded by danger with zero visibility and the never-ending snow piling up. If you were out in one of the latest blizzards, no doubt you faced the slowdown caused by plow trucks that travel much slower than normal traffic and take up much more space on the highway. My many thanks to the tireless efforts of those drivers! But if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere, you may even have expressed frustration at having to slow down, get over, or even stop for a bit. Despite those momentary lapses in judgement (of which I have many), we all know that if the relentless routes of clearing the white stuff stopped, there would be no days of clear roads and we would eventually be snowbound until the full season of Spring arrived. This parallels our call to invest in our own relationship with Jesus. As Peter writes in the second letter to the young church, “…Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5–8. Just like our County road commission drivers keep making pass after pass on the same roads and highways, so we are charged to be constantly examining our actions, attitudes, and boundaries in comparison to our Savior, Brother and Friend, Jesus; scraping off anything that doesn’t look like Him and spreading the salt of His presence all around us as we go. Then, when the Holy Spirit breaks out, the roads get clear, and the journey gets revved up! Keep on the route, be patient in the swirl…dry roads are just ahead!