September 25, 2022
Reflections From the Heart of Allan Redenius
In a time, long, long ago, when Armona and I were first married, we lived in the quiet bliss of the country. One day it snowed and that night the moon was ever so bright. Soft, crunchy snow, glimmering in the soft glow of the moonlight. Even at night, there were a million diamonds sparkling in the snow.
Just outside our house, was a beckoning hillside softly whispering in my ear, “Come out and play.” I took the cue and said to my young bride, “Let’s go outside and go sledding.” The kids were all tucked into bed. What could go wrong?
Parkas all zipped up, gloves pulled up tight, boots on and out we went for some winter fun. The sled we had, held two. We were all set. Perched at the top of this very steep hill, with laughter, we pushed off. Faster and faster did we slide, the bottom fence approaching, oh so fast! Hair flowing, as if flying at lightning speed. Then----BOOOOOM---the sled stopped and we kept on flying. Over and over in the snow we both tumbled….all the laughter and giggles ceased and then, in an instant, was silence.
As we both laid there looking up at the stars, I asked, “Are you O.K.?” “I don’t know. Let me lay here and take inventory,” came her reply. Her laugh was a clear tale sign that she had no broken bones.
Both of us had forgotten about the garden we had plowed in the fall. Sleds work really well on snow covered grass, but not at all on a “no-covered” plowed ground. They stop in an instant while you keep on going.
For sure, we created a memory moment that cold winter’s night. Had we stayed in by the cozy, warm fireplace that night, we wouldn’t have that memory to share today!
Sharing the gospel is sort of like that sled run. You can stand at the top of a hill and just think about the exhilarating ride down to the bottom, or you can just do it and see where it takes you. Telling someone about Jesus has the potential of being the most memorable moment in your life!
Go ahead—give it a try! I’ll push you if you need me to get you started!
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.