UNDER YOUR FEET
It’s hiking season again! Miles of trail lay awaiting exploration.
To me, hiking trails are a great metaphor of life. Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in your book and planned before a single one of them began.” There are trails marked out, they have been in place long before i have set foot on them. They are just there, waiting, leading. I love the imagination and anticipation of the trail. And the first few steps into a trail is one of my favourite life moments.
That is the romantic part.
Then you get down the trail a bit, or up, as is more often the case, and it’s not so wonderful anymore. One of my nephews and I hiked a trail last year that started going up on the very first step and the incline didn’t let up for the next 6km. Good lord! There was a slight reprieve for about 3/4km and then another 3.5km of upmountain.
I sat down. (Actually, i sat down quite a few times.) But I sat down at the 7km mark and contemplated my fate.
It’s a conversation i’ve had with myself many times in many similar situations.
Option 1 – go back
Option 2 – sit right here and wait for the rapture, or a helicopter.
Option 3 – keep stepping forward.
It’s never more complicated than that.
“Does this trail have the promise of a good destination?”
If the answer is yes, get up and keep moving forward.
There is a story that remembers me of just about every time i am hiking, especially if i have a backpack.
“One day a donkey was travelling along the trail when it happened to fall into a pit. The animal cried and whined for hours while his owner tried to figure out what to do. Finally, the farmer decided that since the animal was old, and the pit needed to be covered up anyway, he’d just bury the old donkey right there. He got a shovel and started filling in the pit. The donkey wailed all the louder when the dirt started falling on his head, but then fell silent. After hours of shovel after shovel into the pit, the farmer paused to rest. To his amazement, he saw his old donkey jump out of the pit and trot away!
At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried even more piteously. But then the wise animal hit on a plan. As each spadeful of dirt hit his back, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up on the growing mound of earth. Eventually, the mound grow high enough for him to jump out of the pit.”
The donkey just had to shake it off and keep walking.
Keep walking. On the trail, it’s only by taking another step that you will reach the destination. Keep your feet moving over the ground.
Second Corinthians 5:6–7 says, “So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight”
You are going to get tired and people and circumstances are going to through dirt on you. Keep walking.
The dirt being thrown on you is adding to the foundation of your success. How can you be confident of this?
Look up Romans 16:20.