It was a last minute decision to go hiking that morning, and I had a hard time finding anyone to join me on such short notice. The weather was in the 70’s and PERFECT, so I felt compelled to go anyway. My friend, Erin, told me, “Enjoy your climb with Him this morning!!” with Emoji kisses and hearts. I have never been told that before, so it got stuck in my head and I couldn’t let it go. I was very excited as I approached the trail, feeling well prepared for my first hike of the season. I had my water, after all.
I am a private person when it comes to my faith, but as I approached that trail, this is what I saw instead of the "Got Water" sign that is posted for hikers at the trail head. I had to look twice!
This is what is there… and this is what I saw.
So I got the message clearly and made a conscious decision to Climb with God, as I continued on my hike. It was a beautiful morning! I felt His presence and didn’t feel alone at all.
And even as the climb got harder, I felt full of joy and gratitude…
Because, seriously, how lucky am I to be hiking this gorgeous place?!
I have done this hike many times, but this time, walking it with God, I noticed how the tired cactus leaned on the rock, just like I lean on Him when I feel weak. And the tree that grows despite all odds in the hard soil, provides a place for the birds to build a home. Maybe you will find this corny, but I was really having a moment.
The road may be at times difficult, and long, and winding, and filled with criticism and doubt, but God is always there! Isn’t it great to know he is the only judge that matters?!
On my way up I noticed that my favorite cactus lost one of its awesome curvy arms, which made me sad. But, on the way back down, look what I saw that was hidden to me before! The cactus was growing again! Isn’t it cute?! His living energy carries us through our losses.
May you Climb with Him one day as well. I hope you do! It’s an awesome trip! You might see faces in the rocks smiling at you, and roads laid out just for you...
And may you always look up and feel grateful to be alive.