Beware of snowmobile traps

Our family has been enjoying all the snow we get here in northern Michigan. We’re supposed to get another 3 to 6 inches of snow tonight and another 7 to 10 inches tomorrow. We live in a wonderful home beside the church and the children have a blast playing on huge snow banks created by the snowplow that clears the church parking lot. The snow banks have been at least six feet high in some places and stretch the length of the back of the parking lot. The children have spent hours digging trenches through the snow banks to use as a hideout.

Yesterday afternoon I was looking out the window when I saw a neighbor riding a snowmobile on the edge of our property. He aimed his sled at one of the biggest snow banks – I think he was planning on driving over the top. Little did he know there was a snowmobile trap waiting. When he reached the top of the snow bank the front of his sled disappeared into the trench only visible from the top. A few moments later the rider and a buddy had hauled the trapped snowmobile from the trench and were gone.

A big pile of snow can be tempting for a snowmobiler but snow banks and snowmobiles don’t always mix. Just a few weeks ago a man broke his back while jumping snow banks with his snowmobile in another church parking lot nearby. Seems like if your thinking of jumping snow banks in a church parking lot near you, you may want to reconsider. Our neighbor appeared to be unharmed but I’m sure he was surprised to be trapped by a snow bank.

Yesterday during the morning worship service we discussed 1 Timothy 6:9,10. It warns that those who desire more and more riches are being lead into a snare that leads to ruin
and destruction. Constantly striving for more pleasure from life can be as deceptive as the pile of snow was to the snowmobiler in our back yard. What’s your hearts desire? Do you have a desire for more and more things that’s leading you to heartache or is loving God and making Him your priority your hearts desire?