Last Friday, I headed towards Yosemite to meet a group of my closest friends from LA. It was the perfect weekend. The weather was gorgeous and sunny (but not too hot), the company was fantastic, the views were breathtaking.
They say that you’re either a mountain person or an ocean person but I have to disagree, I adore both. Being up in the mountains, surrounded by giant trees, rocks and waterfalls, it’s hard to look around you and not be amazed by what you see. Seeing everything towering around me reminds me of how small I am — in the best way. It’s hard to stand at the base of a waterfall and still be wrapped up in my own head. It’s impossible to stand peering over the ledge of a giant mountain and be distracted by my minuscule problems.
While we were hiking to Nevada Falls, climbing up countless steps, I just kept telling myself to keep moving forward. Hiking is interesting because it’s a beautiful picture of what walking through life looks like. When you’re on a trail, the only choices you have are to move forwards or to give up and turn back. There are moments of (literal) pain that hurt so deeply, you may want to give up or return to where you started. But if you keep going, once you come to the top of the hill and see all around you, the journey feels worth it. At the top of the mountain, you can look back at what caused so much pain in the moment and appreciate how the perseverance through that pain has allowed you to see this beautiful site. Without the difficulties, you miss out on the beauty.
We can choose to live in our pain and live in our struggle, or we can keep our eyes forward, trusting that there’s beauty on the other side of the hurt for those who can just push on.
Some days the baggage I’m carrying feels so heavy, I’m amazed that I can even stand under the weight, let alone keep my feet moving forward. But I trust that I have a Saviour who will carry the weight for me. And with His help, I continue on.
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14