It would be so nice to have our life be reflective of this trail – Beautiful green scenery, a straight path allowing you to see where you are going as far as the eye can see, the footpath slightly bumpy to keep things interesting but not enough to cause injury or stumbling. So far, our married life has been the opposite of these details. Our path has been so windy that we can hardly see around the bend in front of us. There have been times when the trail has been so bleak and barren that life had seemed to be sucked out of the area. Instead of small rocks lining our path, we’ve had sharp boulders causing hardships and struggles and pain as we try to continue to navigate the trail.
As I reflected on these visible and imagined images, I several thoughts came to mind:
- If beauty and ease always abounded, we would quickly take our path for granted, and we beauty would become mediocrity.
- If the path were so easy, we wouldn’t have to rely on God for help to climb the boulders blocking our way.
- We wouldn’t be as strong as we are today or have the endurance without the hardships to exercise our faith, physical bodies, emotional centers, and psychological well-being.