I recently spent 4 days and 3 nights hiking through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. I walked the Milford Track in January this year. People flock from around the world to see and walk this Great Walk, understandably. The track passes through lush rain forest, past crystal clear rivers over a mountain pass down on past cascading waterfallsand the tallest waterfall in NZ. Yes, the going was difficult and tiring at times but always the scenery was stunning, when we stopped to take notice (and a photo). The huts at the end of each day were always a welcome sight for weary legs, sore feet, and hungry stomachs.
Sometimes our lives are like a long, hard hike. We carry burdens and we are tired and struggling. Sometimes all we see is the track ahead of us, and it seems uphill and difficult. Our burdens are heavy and unbearable. Stop. Let Jesus carry the unbearable. Stop. Look for the friend along the way who offers a cup of coffee and a kind word. Stop. Look around at God’s beautiful creation; the sparkling eye above grubby cheek, the soft touch of your husband’s hand, the smile of a mother, the hug of a friend, the lick of a dog, the blooming flower. Lift your eyes. See that others are on this journey too. Encourage and help them and be helped in turn. Stop. Read God’s word and gain strength for the next bit of the road. Rest. That’s what God gave us one day in seven for. Sometimes we treat life like it is a race but it is more about the journey, “how” we travel not how fast we complete each section. Let God lead you by the hand and let Him guide you rather trying to do it in your own strength.