As we began our trek up the mountains of Eastern Arkansas, we didn’t realize what we were getting ourselves into. We quite literally crossed over 4 mountains to get to the river we’d been dying to see. Granted, they weren’t four “Rocky Mountain” mountains, but still, they were large. By the time we started making our way back, our legs felt like jello.
We started walking back, and my dad says something that I’ll never forget. He said, “Boys, there’s a lesson to be learned here. When you’re spend, you just have to keep walking.” Just keep walking? Even when you can’t feel your legs? Just keep walking. When you feel like giving up? Just keep walking. When it seems like you’ll never reach your destination? Just keep walking. When the job search looks bleak? Just keep walking. When you’ve lost hope? Just keep walking.
Jesus told us that he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Paul says, “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Jesus Christ Jesus, is calling us.” (Phillipians 3:15)
So, how do we keep walking?
- Don’t rely on your own strength.
I didn’t tell you how our story ended. We started making our way back, and lo and behold, there comes a truck that pulls up next to us. He asked if we would like a ride back to our car, and with a unanimous “YES!” we hopped in the bed of the pickup and let him carry us the rest of the way.
It’s easy for us to want to try to fix things ourselves. But we have to get to a point where we have to trust in Him. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Let him carry you through the situation by completely trusting in Him and that He will work it out. There comes a time when we can only do so much, and then we have to just to trust God.
- Walk with someone.
That journey up the mountain was a lot more enjoyable with people I know and love. It’s the same way in life. Don’t walk through the trials of life by yourself. Stay plugged in at church and maintain healthy relationships. Don’t burn your bridges, because you’ll never know when you might need to cross them again.
It’s always easy to give up. DON’T! The fact is, we miss out on some great life moments when we give up. Your best job might be a result of sending out that resume one more time. Your greatest marriage years might be right around the corner. Your cancer might be one more day away from being completely healed. Don’t give up. Just keep walking.