I had the incredible opportunity to go on a cross country trip with my family. We spent some time driving through Arches national park in Utah, and decided to take a break to get out and stretch our legs.
The park itself is thousands of acres of desolate land with countless geographic features to hike and explore including massive natural stone arches - but we decided to see the arch aptly named "Delicate Arch". We didn't have a whole lot of time to explore so we set out to see the arch from the more distant, lower view. From the parking lot to the viewing area was about a half a mile of an uphill, rocky, dusty trail. Mixed with the elevation and heat, it wasn't a simple walk to an overlook - you had to want to see it.
I spent a little time at the top standing in awe, and worshiping our creative God. About a third of the way back down, I crossed paths with a family hiking up. I overheard a young boy complaining to his dad about being hot and tired and not wanting to go any farther. His dad asked if he wanted to go on or just sit there and wait until they came back down from the top. "I don't want to go any farther. I'll just wait here."
"That's silly," I thought. "You got out of the car, got a sneak peek, made it most of the way to the top, and want to stop before you've even seen the best part?"
Not even steps later I felt God speak to me and I turned around and looked up at where he was on the trail and his view of the arch. From the parking lot, a sneak peak of the arch was visible up a narrow canyon, but the best view was at the top. However, on the trail it was hidden. He couldn't see it.
I could feel my heart crushing as I realized a lot of times that's what happens in our walk with Jesus. We've gave our lives to Christ. We've seen evidence of Him working in and around us. But as time goes on we put our heads down and our view becomes obstructed; we sit down and don't want to go any farther.
But just as he did countless times in the bible, God assured me of something. He's still there and will always be there. No matter what, Delicate Arch won't keep moving farther and farther away the closer he got to the top - and Jesus won't move farther away either. Much like you wouldn’t sit down in a marathon at mile 20 because you can’t see the finish line. And since we know that it’s a marathon we find assurance that the finish will be at 26.2 and not keep getting farther away.
My prayer is that, in the times where our view becomes obstructed, we don't sit down. Rather, we run to our Savior and rest assured that the very trail we've started on has been cleared by Him for us to see Him better.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."
Phil 1:6 - Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Mon, September 13, 2010
by FCA Endurance - Joe Dannelly