It was the end of a really good week. The snow had been great, the sun had been out, and we had had a lot of fun as a family. The bags were packed, the skis returned, and all we needed to do now was find the car.
Alas, it was parked at the bottom of the hill, quite a long distance below us vertically, and an even longer way by the typically winding Swiss mountain roads. How were we going to get there? Was there a quicker way, a sure route down?
At last, we saw it. Others had had the same challenge as us, and we could see their footprints in the snow, going from where we were to where we wanted to be. There was a way! And we knew it could be trusted, because others had gone before us…
The Jewish-Christian readers of the letter to the Hebrews must have felt they, too, faced a difficult and challenging journey. All the historic certainties of faith had been turned upside down, not only by the events of history, but by this strange new figure who claimed to be the fulfilment of all God’s promises. But this Jesus was in fact the one to show the way. He is ‘the pioneer and perfecter of our faith’ (Hebrew 12.2), the one who can not only show the path, since he has trodden it before us, but the one who will ensure that we too can complete the journey.
We reached our destination. The route was steep (see picture) and at times slippery, but we could place our feet carefully where others had placed theirs before us, and got there in the end.
And to cap it all, the car started first time!
(thanks to Lizzi, for being a companion on the journey)