Yesterday, I had a fabulous Mother’s Day! It was a beautiful spring day in the Carolinas. I wanted nothing more than to get out and enjoy it, so after a wonderful service, we grabbed some subs and headed to Crowder’s Mountain State Park in Gastonia, North Carolina.
While sharing our plans for the day with some friends, I had been told the views were terrific…once you got to the top. We set out, looking forward to reaching the top and receiving our reward! As usual, we all started out in a good mood. Then the incline started! The ninety-degree weather began to take a toll and the two and a half miles were getting to us. As we got closer to the look out, we met an older man who encouraged us to keep going. He helped me to not give up!
This is what we met when we reach the top:
Next to it was posted a sign: Danger Ahead – Warning! Go ahead at your own risk.
We had hit an obstacle. I am sure many have gotten this far before, almost to the top; only to turn back. Too hard. Too steep. If only they had know what was on the other side:
Once we got up that rock wall, the cool breeze made me forget that it was ninety degrees and the view gave me a satisfaction that made the strenuous hike worth it. After enjoying the view, it was time to go back. As we headed back down, I thought about my own life. How often I have been just that close to something great? Something that would bring a refreshing? Something that would satisfy the desires of my heart? Only to stop short because the obstacles were too much. Too much effort would be required. Too much risk involved. Today in church, our pastor’s wife said “God wants us to have less security and more risk; it’s called faith.” Doesn’t sound like the thing we find ourselves praying for!
Do you have a rock wall in your path? Are you looking at it wondering how you could possibly get by? If you should attempt it? What you don’t know is that just around the wall you are looking at may be the refreshing you need; the thing that would satisfy the desires of your heart! Will you trust God to pull you up it? He wants to take you there; will you go?
I hope your Mother’s Day was as wonderful as mine! Please share! I would love to hear about it…