I was skiing the other day and conditions were fantastic. The season ends in a few days at Manning Park where we ski, yet ski conditions are as good as they have been at any time during the year. Over the last few days over 70 centimetres of fluffy light snow has fallen. There is a base of almost 3 metres of snow on the ground. Skiing is incredible right now. So why end the ski season so early? Simple. There are almost no people left skiing. Everyone is out playing golf and tennis. They are jogging and riding their bikes. It’s spring. Lots of snow, wonderful skiing, no skiers. It’s the same every year. Manning Park closes for the season because of a lack of skiers, even though the conditions are fantastic. It’s almost a really bad April Fools joke.
People are amazing. We get so excited about something, but as soon as the novelty wears off we move on to something else. In December skiers are out on slopes which have barely enough snow to cover the rocks. They want to be skiing after a summer away from the slopes. A couple of months later they’re done for the season. Throughout life people jump on something new, soon tire of it and move on to something else. Even marriage is often the same. No long term commitment, people stay together as long as things are new and exciting, then walk away looking for someone else who will be new and exciting for a while. And in our Christian faith? The Bible teaches us that many people get all excited about Christianity, get involved, but after a while fall away. Why? They were excited about Christianity, not about Jesus. They didn’t really ever have a personal relationship with Jesus, just a relationship with the precepts of Christianity. When we truly know Jesus, when we allow Him to enter and change us, the excitement lasts for a lifetime as God’s Holy Spirit lives within us, challenging and helping us through each day.