The Minister As An Ice Road Trucker

Ice Road Truckers is a documentary style reality show that can be seen on The History Channel.

The show chronicles the work of truck drivers who drive over frozen lakes or ice roads in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Alaska. While the show focuses on the personalities of the truckers as well as their travels over the ice, here are some features of the show that have connected with me.

  • The communities depend on the materials delivered by the truckers for their very survival.
  • The truckers cannot deliver the load before the time is right or they will break through the ice.
  • The truckers cannot wait too long to deliver the load or they will break through the ice.
  • The truckers cannot overload their trucks or they will break through the ice.
  • The truckers cannot underload their trucks or they will risk not getting people what they need to survive.
  • The truckers help each other when conditions get rough.
  • The communities are aware of the dangers and appreciate the deliveries but are often frustrated by the impact of the conditions on the delivery.

Sometimes in my ministry I feel like an Ice Road Trucker. Important payload the community needs for survival. The danger of improper load weight and timing. The help from fellow ministers. The appreciation and frustrations of the community.

I am most thankful that whatever the conditions, God is a constant source of strength and assurance.