One Thanksgiving when I was in seminary, my family and I vacationed at Chimney Rock, North Carolina. This remote and rugged area was the backdrop for the 1992 film adaptation of “The Last Mohican” written by James Fennimore Cooper about the 1757 French and Indian War. The historical location of Fennimore's story was Albany, New York, but the beautiful mountains of North Carolina served as a stunning setting for this epic film. Cindy and I, along with Will who was eight at the time and Sarah who was six, climbed the steep slopes, narrow edges, and rocky trails of this beautiful park. I recall the trails to reach these views were difficult to climb, especially with two small children. Several times along the way to Exclamation Point, I stopped to evaluate just how badly I wanted to make it to the summit. The journey was steep and the elevation increased the stress of the ascent. Once I made it to the top, I was rewarded with scenery that was unbelievable. The struggle of the journey made the destination worth seeing.
That describes a lot of life experiences. Life is a struggle, a lot of hills, dips, curves, and difficult steps every day. Some days, I have to step back, catch my breath, and evaluate just how badly I want to make it to the end of the day instead of bailing out on responsibility and disappearing. When life begins to get difficult, I often realize that I have not been spending time with God through prayer. When I've neglected worshiping with brothers and sisters in the faith, and I’ve failed to spend time in God’s Word, life seems to be more difficult. Proverbs 4:26-27 says, “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.”
Just like traversing the perilous paths of Chimney Rock and watching where I place my feet, in life we need to consider the paths we choose. What path are you on? Feel overwhelmed, tired, like you can’t make it to the top? Has the journey of life weighed you down to the point of going no further? The good news is, God is present, ready to help us when we’ve lost our way or when we lose our strength. Call out on him and he will answer.