Trail Name: Life Rating: Strenuous!

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”– John 16:33

Eileen and I were on vacation last week. I hope you missed your “Thursday Thoughts”, but we’re back now.

One of the things we did while away was to go hiking on some trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the trails was to Crabtree Falls.

The listed distance was 2 miles and it was posted as “Strenuous.” As we headed out, I realized something was really, really wrong. It was downhill! It was fairly steep downhill, how could this be “strenuous”?

Early on the trail we met a little girl, who appeared to be about 6 years old, sitting while her dad talked to another man. The little girl looked at us and said, “It’s tough, but it’s worth it!”

Well, we made it to the falls, which were beautiful, by the way, and sat as the cool mist wafted over us. Then it was time to move on – time to head back to the old parking lot. Now, the trail was uphill– steep uphill.

While it was difficult, it was no surprise. We were warned from the start, thus we were prepared for the challenge.

The verse quoted above is also a “warning.” Jesus tells us there will be difficult times, “tribulations.” In other words, life’s journey will sometimes be uphill and the way rocky and steep.

But, that’s not all He says. Don’t miss the great news included there – He says, “don’t worry about, it – I’ve already conquered the steep parts,” or “It’s tough, but it’s worth it!”

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