We spent Father’s Day afternoon hiking and sweating. The path was broiling and steep, but all four of us couldn’t wait to get to the waterfall. Well, until Kaitlyn started saying her legs hurt after 5 minutes.
Once we got there, it was breathtaking! Here is what I learned.
1. Don’t worry about what MIGHT lie ahead. Yes, I am aware that water is not alive, but it still spoke to me. When you see the before and after of the falls, the difference is amazing. Before, the water is calm and peaceful. Sure, it is about to go straight down, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. That is how peaceful I want to be.
2. Go a different way. On the way up, we took the lesser used path. With it being less crowded, we enjoyed more family time, saw things we wouldn’t have otherwise, and had better views. The well traveled path may sometimes be better, but don’t assume it is just because you see more people on it!
3. Stop and enjoy the view. On the way up, we stopped to feel the breeze, listen to the waterfall, and look down where we had been. It made the whole thing more impressive when we could see so clearly.
4. Hard work is always worth it. We were huffing and puffing by the time we got to the top. Once we saw it, and took in God’s majesty, there was no breath remaining in our sweaty bodies. We were blown away! Our breath was replaced with awe and a new excitement. Just like anything that requires effort, we appreciated it more once we got there. Even the whiny young one was glad she did it.
5. Never underestimate what God can do. There is no doubt about God’s power when you see His creation. Being out on a mountain by a waterfall shows His creativity and all He is capable of. We need to trust He knows what He is doing, even when it doesn’t look like it. Maybe God is carving out a way around the mountain you are facing or finding a new way for water to flow. Let Him impress you!
If you need to learn a few lessons, I suggest going for a hike. God will show you what you need to know!
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