I just got back from another hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail. That’s right…another one. I can’t get enough of getting out on the trail, camping in some out of the way spot, and taking in the spectacular views. It’s my time to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate.
It’s not just throwing the pack in the car and heading for the trailhead though. Long-distance backpacking requires that you plan and pack carefully. For the most part, you’re miles away from the nearest road or resupply point, so if you forget to pack it, you’re out of luck. You’ve got to be prepared with everything you may need, but since you carry everything on your back, you have to pack wisely to keep your pack weight down. It’s usually a trial by error scenario where you learn over time what you need and what you don’t.
Our walk as Christians is likewise a battle of choosing what we’ll bring along. If you weigh your life down with sin, worry, and regret, they will keep you from being all you can be for God. On the other hand, God has promised to give us everything we need to serve him and do his will. He has already filled our packs with our individual talents and experiences. Then he adds the one ingredient we cannot do without…the Holy Spirit. He’s our shelter, our sustenance, and our guide map. He’s the one who walks with us along each and every step, keeping us focused on the prize, the destination called Heaven.
He will, “equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.” (Hebrews 13:21)
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Take a moment to go through your life and notice what you’ve brought along for the journey. Are you weighed down by the pursuit of prestige and worldly possessions? Is your life so full of excess weight that there’s no room in there for God? Trust God to prepare you for your Christian walk and submit to his wisdom and understanding. And don’t worry. He’ll give you everything you need for the trip.