Trail Tip #7 – Trust and Obey
For there’s no other way, right?
That may sound like a given. Not much of a tip. But many of us seem to struggle with the simple concept of trusting our navigation devices.
Believe me, I’ve been out on the trail when the map didn’t seem to make sense, and it was more logical to me to follow my own instincts. But I’ve also found veering from the directions on the map to be a huge mistake.
One morning, when my Aunt Ida, Kim and I were backpacking the Appalachian Trail, we had a hard time getting our bearings. We had taken a trail off of the main trail to get to shelter the night before because it was raining ferociously on us. When we walked into the camp, the sun was behind the clouds and we couldn’t even see the mountains or trees around us. The next morning we awoke to sunshine and unfamiliar surroundings.
There were about eight men who had slept in this shelter with us the night before (all who were experienced AT backpackers), but by the time we prepared to hit the trail that morning, each of them had already bounded out. And we had failed to notice which direction they took.
So we went on instinct.
And half a day later we had to back track a couple of miles to get back to where we were supposed to be!
In life, on the narrow trail on which we follow Jesus, our instincts will fail us, too. So much of what Jesus asks us to do is counter intuitive:
- Bless your enemies instead of cursing them
- Forgive those who have wronged you, even if they never ask you to
- Tithe 10% of your income to the church
- When your friend asks for your cloak, give them your robe also
- Go the extra mile
- Turn the other cheek
- Love the unlovable
- Be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger