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Life’s a Hike

May 24, 2014

I love to hike.  There is probably nothing that I like to do more than to explore new mountaintops, waterfalls, canyons and caves.  Seeing and enjoying God’s creation, disconnecting from the world and hangin with Jesus on a mountainside…yup, that’s my idea of a great day.  Today, God showed me a picture of life…in the form of a hike. 

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The last couple weeks here in Israel I’ve been repeatedly asked the same questions, “What’s next?  What will you do in the US? Where will you be? When will you be back to Israel?”  My answer to you all, I don’t know.  All I do know is that the Lord is calling me aside for a time of resting and seeking Him. 

I have had a difficult time here this last week anxiously approaching the many goodbyes and preparing for this next season…a season with a lot of unknowns.  But, what the Lord showed me this morning gives me a greater excitement for the unknown as I walk in faith knowing He will reveal everything in it’s perfect time.

What I love most about hiking is the reward at the end.  It’s a mountaintop with an incredible view, it’s a waterfall, it’s a cave, or it’s just saying wow, I totally hiked that!  Recently, a few of us hiked a portion of the National Israel Trail. In the picture above, the trail goes from the bottom of the mountain and climbs up to the top…with many crossroads and few trail markers.  It wasn’t what you’d label an “easy” hike.  What kept us going however, was the adventure behind it.  It was the reward at the end of it.  And it was the fellowship in the midst of it.  There was no turning back.  We knew there was a reward at the end.  We were headed to see the ancient ruins in Atlit. 

My walk with the Lord isn’t always an “easy hike”.  Some days I’m on a path where I have no clue if it’s going anywhere.  Some days there is a mountain in my way.  Some days it’s a new trail with little direction.  Some days I’m just plain tired of the hike.  But, then I’m reminded of the reward.  There is the ultimate reward of eternity with Him.  And there is the daily reward of fellowship with Him.  The highest price was paid, His life. The mountaintop reward comes with the pain of hiking up a mountain.  The waterfall reward comes with scaling the steep slopes down a mountain.  The cave reward come with getting really dirty in a really dark place with bats flying circles around your head.  There is always a price to pay, big or small. 

After 9 miles and about 6hrs on the Israel Trail we found ourselves at our reward, the ruins in Atlit…only to find out that it was now a closed military base…boom.  Sometimes the path we are on, God has different plans, different rewards, different challenges.  So, is it time to give up when things aren’t what you expected?  NO, it’s time to embrace the next leg of the journey!  A journey through jelly fish, an elderly nude beach and finally to a beach with iced coffees and big fat juicy hamburgers.  That was our next journey.  A journey that took us another 8 miles through great conversations, awkward naked people moments, and ended with full bellies and a ride back to the top of Mt Carmel, thank you Jesus!

Though I don’t know what lies ahead for me in this next season, I am sure of so many things.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”  God has already prepared the way, I am His workmanship.  If I am surrendered to His working, there is no striving, there is only faith.  Faith that says, my God, the Creator of the Universe loves me and has a plan for my life even when I don’t.

I want to encourage you.  If you are in a place of not knowing what lies ahead, embrace it!  So often we miss what’s right in front of us while we worry about next year, next month or even tomorrow.  We are not promised tomorrow.  Give all you can give today. Tell people you love them today.  Don’t miss an opportunity to change the world, a life or just bring a smile into somebody’s moment.  Seek the Lord with everything in you and He will be found.  And He will give you peace in the journey of faith…and probably bless your socks off on the way. 

Barefoot and Blessed,

Jill

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. pat elliott permalink
    May 24, 2014 5:26 pm

    Grateful for you, for your precious ministry, for your hike, for what is ahead for you, for how you touch my life, for how God touches yours.

  2. May 24, 2014 10:09 pm

    I felt so blessed reading this. You are so blessed! I take it you’re going to the US; have fun and take care. Most importantly, continue being a blessing to others!

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