Sometimes when I’m hiking, I just want to get to the top as fast as I can. I want to see the view! I want to experience the mountain top! I want to feel the accomplishment of reaching the summit!
But I don’t get to enjoy that view/experience/accomplishment unless I commit to finishing the other parts of the hike. Some of the lower parts of a hike can be beautiful and inspiring, but other parts can be a real drag. However, the summit wouldn’t be so amazing if I hadn’t experienced the variety of trails leading up to it from the valley below.
I have been absent from the blog for a while because we just went through a really nasty hike. We were selling our home and buying a different home closer to town. On the day of closing, our buyer walked. Actually, he delayed everything for a day and then backed out of the sale. There was no reason or explanation given, just that it wasn’t going to happen.
Because our new home purchase was based on the contingent sale of our old home, we immediately lost our new home. It was a great price, in a great neighborhood, in a great location relative to work/church/friends. It was exactly what we wanted…but it wasn’t meant to be.
And now, we have more of a nasty trail to walk on as we fight to get our earnest money back. It’s money that was supposedly protected by terms and clauses in our contract. But instead, we are getting bogged down in the mud of political red tape.
I really do have faith that God has a purpose in all of this. We don’t understand it. We don’t like it. We wouldn’t wish it on someone else. But in the end, it’s just a house. It wasn’t our health or some critically important thing.
And so we keep climbing. We navigate the trail and we look forward to what the view will be from the top! We may have a few more tough parts to walk through, but in the end, reaching the summit will be worth it.
Whatever you’re facing right now…just keep climbing and you’ll make it!
* And because every post is better with a picture, here is a picture that a friend took of me when I made it to the top of Bishop Castle!