|sidenote: these guys own the house we’re renting, and the dog belongs to them.|
514. The gift of getting close up with nature.
515. The gift of adventure.
Two of the families on our trip are native Arizonians and grew up camping in this area. Because they knew some of us weren’t as experienced, they picked an easy trail for our hike.
|the “easy” trail|
It was grueling for me. Much of the trail going down was loose, sandy gravel. I was as slow as the 5 and 8 year old kids. God brought to mind several spiritual parallels, and I found that encouraging. For instance, the hike was difficult, but it was good for me. It was making me stronger physically. In the same way, God allows us to experience trials so that we grow stronger spiritually.
516. He brings beauty from ashes.
|the “easy” path gets harder…|
518. A marked trail to follow.
When the path got rocky and hard to see, some hiker before us had marked the path with stones stacked on top of each other. When we feel like we’ve lost our way in life, God gives us reminders of His plan for us and His forgiveness and love. Sometimes, He uses people who’ve been there before.
519. Being held by His hands, seeing His glory revealed.
Looking at the pictures now, it brings to mind when placed Moses in a cleft in the rock and covered him with His hand as He passed by, so that Moses could see the tail-end of His glory.
And we were always in His hands.
518. The gift of stillness.
519. Light touching fallen things and making them golden and beautiful.
Are you taking time to “get away” this summer? Are you taking time to rest and renew?