FLASHBACK FAVORITE! Here is one of our favorite posts from the past. Enjoy! (This post was originally published on 4/05/16).
Here I am, at a point I predicted 9 months ago, in the thick of the mental battle I agreed to confront once I reached it. The glamour of optimism has faded, and I’m left to contemplate. Be strong and courageous, the voice within encourages. Take a step, be present. Enjoy the season.
I feel like I’m in the desert (again), but even in the desert, there is beauty. I just went to Joshua Tree National Park over the weekend to celebrate my best friend’s birthday – the weather couldn’t have been any more perfect. Boulders formed gigantic mounds for avid climbers to explore and for hikers to gaze in awe, wildflowers showed off their splendid color, each Joshua tree uniquely posed before us, and the cool spring breeze took the edge off the sun’s warmth.
Did we always know exactly where we were while hiking? Not really, but that’s part of the adventure, right? We felt reassured as long as we knew where we were relative to our anchor point. I mean, I’m pretty sure we walked on a horse trail, then meandered onto a climber’s access trail, paved our own path for a bit around one of the many gigantic mounds of boulders, found some tracks that seemed to be from some bikers, then followed the horse trail again while seeing from afar the self-guided hiking trail we had originally intended on taking. We could have easily gotten carried away by just focusing on whichever trail we were on, never looking up. Yet what helped us decide the way to go was remembering where our anchor point was and choosing a route that guided us in that general direction.
Don’t ask who was leading, but all I can say was that as I grew tired, I was glad to know that every step I took was heading toward the anchor point.
Isn’t it interesting that the reassurance also resurfaces when we find our anchor point spiritually? We’re never too far from God, simply because He loves us so. No matter the landscape, there is beauty to rejoice in, there is hope. Even when we are tired, we can move (and rest) in full faith, keeping our eyes fixed on He who is the source of life. With every step, there is something to be grateful for, even if it is just the breath in our lungs.
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
Philippians 1:6 (NLT)
Press on! He’s not done with you yet – let splendid color burst forth from the landscape you find yourself in.