I went on a hike this weekend with 22 other guys from my church. It was an awesome time exploring the wilderness and what it means to be a Godly man. We backpacked 32 miles in Pisgah National Forest, mostly uphill, although it wasn’t in the snow and we weren’t barefoot so, I still lack some understating of what the boomers would like us to think it was like back in their day.
As we were walking on the trail it became easy and somewhat comforting to keep my focus on the trail itself. Staring at my feet or just a few steps ahead made the trail easier to navigate as I could see where I was stepping and thus could avoid stumps, rocks, and surprises left by wildlife. This plan was working really well until I heard the rustling of leaves in front of me and the swoosh of air being suddenly displaced as a branch caught the backpack of the guy in front of me and was suddenly released as he passed by. I was able to move out of the way just in time but almost took a branch to the face. At that moment I decided it would be a good idea to keep my eyes up and pay attention to what was in front of me.
When I started to focus ahead I noticed something, the view up ahead was way better than the view down below. On the trail, there is dirt, dead leaves, and the aforementioned surprises. Up ahead there is budding life, occasional waterfalls, and stellar views across the valley. And the best part of all? No branches to the face. I decided that this lesson was about way more than the trail; it was about how I should view my life in general.
It’s easy to get overly focused on where my feet are planted RIGHT NOW. I can easily get caught up in the troubles of the moment, let them cloud my vision, and not see whats coming next. But, truthfully, I think God wants each of us to experience where he has us, take one step at a time, and keep our eyes on Him as we head toward the future. There are going to be setbacks, issues, and wayward branches. But, if we stay alert and keep moving forward, we’ll be able to dodge a lot of those attacks and setbacks and step into all He has for us.
Where is your focus today?