By Karen O’Connor:
For her tenth birthday, my granddaughter Sarah invited me to her party, including lunch and ice skating at the local rink. I said, ‘yes,’ to lunch, but ‘no’ to skating! “I haven’t skated in nearly forty years,” I told Sarah. For the rest of the week, however, I wrestled with my decision. I knew how much it would mean to her to have me on the ice––not on the sideline––so I changed my mind. Little did I know at the time that I would find God while ice skating.
“Oh Lord,” I prayed, “help me pass on to Sarah the fun I had when my dad agreed to ice skate with me, when I was a girl.”
I stepped out on the ice, my heart pounding and my legs wobbly. I took a deep breath, then reached for Sarah’s hand. Off we went, and before I knew it I was skating. I hadn’t forgotten how. My earthly father was no longer there to hold me up, but I was standing tall nonetheless, because I had my heavenly father right there with Sarah and me. Fear vanished as the truth of God’s promise in Isaiah skipped across my heart.
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” (Isaiah 41:13, in the Bible).
I smiled in relief. If the Lord would uphold and honor my simple dreams––ice skating with my father and years later, with my granddaughter, surely he would be there, as well, for the big dreams and major challenges ahead. I knew then I had nothing to fear. If it’s possible to find God while ice skating, it’s possible to find him everywhere.
Karen O’Connor is an author, writing mentor, sometime ice skater, and frequent contributor to the FindingGodDaily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com.
Enjoy this entertaining and educational YouTube video featuring tips for the beginning ice skater: