This past weekend my husband came home for a couple days, and it was such a gorgeous fall day that he suggested we go for a little walk. Now here is what you need to know about him…when he suggests a little walk..it probably will turn into more of an adventure that tests my physical and mental limits than just a little walk.
We had seen signposts for a forest service road and had heard about a hike and wanted to check it out, so this seemed like the perfect time to do so. We drove the several kilometres to the trailhead and got out of the car to see where it started. Hubby sighted some large hydro poles on the top of a lookout on the small mountain we we looking at, and decided we needed to get to those poles in order for us to get the best viewpoint. I said that we should take the trail to the left of us, but he said we should go over the rather steep looking hill ahead of us to reach that point. Who was I to argue…right??
I soon began to second-guess this decision as the climb was steep in places with lots of loose and mossy covered rocks to climb over and around. At one point I was getting whipped in the face by branches from bushes, and of course the bugs were biting like crazy. Then the climb became even steeper, as we got closer to the area where we wanted to be. My bum toe was beginning to hurt, and it was getting harder to breathe. It was not fun anymore, but hard work. I kept looking ahead to how much farther we had to climb, and how impossible this hike had become and complained to my hubby that I didn’t think I could do this anymore. His answer to me was to tell me that I could do this, and that he would help me every step of the way..he was here for me and would help me do this. He literally motivated me to the top of that mountain.
We came across the top of the other trail once we reached the top of the lookout, and had to laugh. Here we had climbed up the harder way to get to the top, and there was an easier way. Sometimes life is like that. So was I mad that we had done it the hard way? No, and here is why..
This hike taught me some important lessons that I don’t want to forget. First of all it taught me that sometimes life throws us challenges that look impossible to overcome. When you look at that mountain, you think you can never get to the top. Secondly it taught me that the hard work and effort that I put in to climb to the top was worth it. The view was incredible up there, and knowing that you took the harder way made you feel like you accomplished something special. Thirdly it taught me that when your hubby says he wants to just go for a little walk, you better bring your hiking boots and be prepared for adventure, but lastly you it taught me something about my relationship with Jesus.
When I am looking at those seemingly impossible mountains to climb, God is there guiding me and telling me to take it one step at a time, and that I can overcome anything with his help. He reassures me that I can do it with His help along the way. He reminds me not to focus on the Mountain ahead, but simply focus on the step ahead.