My husband and I have been watching a family hike the Appalachian Trail.
What amazes them, and amazes us, as well, is the community that surrounds them in the solitude.
Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it?
But let me describe it.
Most of the time, while you’re on the trail you’re not surrounded by other people. You’re in the wilderness.
But the people who have gone before, have left treasures in boxes along the way.
One treasure in particular, that I would have been fond of myself, was a couple of Starbucks packets to add to hot water.
No one would know how exciting that would be, had they not blazed the trail ahead, and been at a spot that they sure would have enjoyed a nice cup of coffee….
(Or bottle of coffee.. you gererally don’t pack coffee cups either)
When you’re trying to spare the weight you only pack the essentials-
because a back pack begins to get heavy enough, with just the daily supplies you need to get you by.
Makes me think of our Spiritual journey.
We know we’re saved, then we get baptized and we start reading the Word….
But those treats are the things that maybe we aren’t prepared for, that come along the way, by a testimony of a Trusted Teacher or friend…
A fellow hiker who’s been there.
That’s what happened for me again this week.
Only the Holy Spirit knew what I had been pondering on. I hadn’t really talked much about my situation.
At times we are in our own widerness, wandering around, maybe believing a lie that we are the only ones who have ever been where we are right now.
But the Word says;
3 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
So, While doing laundry, God told me to watch one of my preachings I had recorded. He led me to the seventh episode.
God is very strategic.
Sure enough, this man had been exactly where I was, and his treasured testimony was the assurance I needed, that I could also make it to my destination.
Tresure is something that we search for.
When those people came across the treasure boxes on the trail, they had to open them up and browse.
The treasures didn’t just jump out and grab them!
I had to seek God, in order to find Him.
So, often, we are tempted to quit while we are so much closer than we think to reaching our destination.
God, like I said the other day, is no respecter of persons, He’s not keeping things from you, but you and I have to be willing to search for Truth and then be obedient to what We find.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2
It’s not that God is hiding anything from us, but He wants the relationship of us needing His guidance on a daily basis….
not just the beginning and the end of the trail.