My family loves hiking. On an overnight backpacking trip in the Adirondacks this summer we camped at a lake on the way up Crane Mountain.
The next day we packed up and began climbing the steep incline to the summit. The way was hard. Each step was difficult. Sweat dripped down my forehead and body. Tired muscles straining, I took step after step trudging up the rocky mountain terrain carrying my heavy backpack.
I know from experience that there is a reward for such hard work. Along with great exercise, there's moments when you take a break. Slipping off your backpack, you get to breath in the mountain air and gaze at breathtaking views. These are views that you would never be able to see without making the difficult trek. Sitting back and basking in the sunshine, you feel the cool mountain air against your face. As you sip water and nibble on a protein snack, you feel your body revive and you are strengthened.
Life is a journey. The way can be hard, but God is good and helps us keep going. He gives us times of rest so we can renew and refresh ourselves; times where we can relax and enjoy God's gift of life given to us through His Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus promises to be with us every step of the way. Psalm 23:3 from the Amplified Bible says this: "He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake."
Isn't that a beautiful promise from God to all who put their trust in Him?
Step out and walk with the LORD today. Let Him lead you in His paths. Life can be difficult but it's worth it. God will refresh and restore your life and give you strength for the journey.
Live the adventure,