Two weeks ago I shared some of the thoughts I had written down while backpacking over 50 miles on the John Muir Trail. Here are some more thoughts from the second half of the trip. Be encouraged to get outside and take a walk with God.
- Devotion: 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13, God will allow us to go through challenges to grow us. This hike is a challenge, and I am growing. The bigger challenges are at home, but the first challenge is inside: to follow the King, to conquer self, and to deeply love others.
- Garnett Lake was beautiful, awe inspiring. That is a big reason to do this trail. To see the things that few see, I have to be willing to do what few do.
- Today was tough, especially because of the rain. It got to my brain, and I didn’t like being so wet. Part of it was also thinking that we should have stayed at Garnett, and part was that I had the wrong gear and should have known better. Ben was awesome. He wanted to hike in the rain and get to our stop. We would not have finished without him.
- People react differently to the storm, give some grace for grumpiness.
- We walked into a storm today. We could see it ahead of us, and we chose to keep walking into it. Sometimes we have to walk into the storm to get to our goal.
- Today’s conditions: smoke, hot sun, rain, cloudy. Weird day.
- Devotion: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, make it a goal to be made holy, for me it is about not trying to control what is not mine to control. I can’t control the trail, the elevation, or the weather. Just walk on, with the best attitude I can have, and enjoy the journey with those I love.
- I loved talking with Ben for almost 10 hours today. I loved empowering him to decide and telling him I trusted him. Letting go of parental control.
- We walked about 18 miles today!
- Devotion: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, this is real hope that changes my attitude and actions now. This world is God’s. I am God’s. My family, the church, all of it – is God’s. I looked through my goals, calling, and to do list and tried to have a new attitude. Stress is inevitable, but I want to enjoy this journey – what a blessing! – and have living hope, knowing God is in control, and my responsibility is to follow Him and lead others closer to Him – with love, peace, joy, and hope.
- I can’t wait to see Hannah today. What an amazing woman; what a blessing she is in my life. I can’t wait to see my daughters, too!