Walking in the winter in Indiana has its challenges: frigid temperatures, snow, wind, and then there is… ice. Yes, I fell on the ice! Could the accident have been avoided? I’m not sure but maybe… just maybe.
The patch of ice was located right in the middle of the trail. A small waterfall had made its way across the path, flooded and frozen much like that of a thick, cascading ice skating rink. The entire path was blocked. If you wanted to move forward on the trail, there was no way to avoid it- that ice had to be crossed. My husband offered to hold my arm, but I felt confident in my own ability to cross safely… I was wrong. Although I landed on a padded area, it still hurt! My husband reached down and helped me cross the rest of the way. Without his assistance, I might have made it off the ice but it would have been far more difficult.
The fall wasn’t tragic. I was slightly sore so nothing was really hurt except my pride. As we continued down the trail, I thought about that ice. I thought about it a lot. I thought about it so much that I went back the next day and took pictures of that icy area so the lesson it had taught me wouldn’t be forgotten.
The ice patch was much like my life. It had appeared suddenly and without warning just like the loss of my oldest son- that, too, happened suddenly and without warning. It totally blocked my path and sent me falling down- hard. Life felt as cold and frozen as that ice. It was my choice not to receive right away help from those who love me. I thought I could do it alone… I was wrong about that, too. We all hit those rough, slick, knock-you-down moments. God provides friends and family to help us back on our feet, move us off the slippery, fall-down areas and lift us back onto life’s path. It is so difficult to accept help when we are feeling despair, but we need to in order to move forward.
I don’t think I’ll ever look at a patch of ice the same way. The fall gave me reason to think of life’s parallels to the world around us. As the famous physicist Albert Einstein once said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” I think he’s right.