It was dark outside and our tired eyes longed for caffeine. We filled The cars with tents and other necessities and set out through the mountains, on a winding road, to arrive on the west coast.
The day was gray and the clouds were low, but the vibrant greens whispered of the sun they so desperately longed for. We ventured through trees, across creeks, trekking the coast all through the pouring rain. Though we were dripping wet, we trudged forward with smiles on our faces, dirt on our boots, and adventure in our hearts.
It’s funny how something as simple and complex as a wilderness getaway can mirror life. In life, we are presented with difficulties and the chance to rise above them. It is our choice to see this challenge and be afraid or count it a blessing to learn.
As I look through these beautiful memories and reminisce on this challenging adventure, I am reminded of Paul and the numerous trials had to endure. In Romans he speaks about seeing the beauty throughout and rejoicing despite difficulty.
“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” Romans 5:3-5
This is so appropriate; through the rain and mud, life is beautiful and exciting. God continues to pour his love on us till the point of overflow, where it reaches every area of life.
Photography By: Justin Posey, Multi-dimensional Creative Designer for Bethel Music