I have been affiliated with Camp Pinnacle, and all-girls camp in Clayton, Georgia since 2008.
Now, a week’s stay at camp includes a hike up Pinnacle Mountain, if you choose.
Previous to this, the hike was mandatory, and I consistently prayed for storms on the day of the hike.
I volunteered this summer and chose to go on the hike.
That Tuesday morning in July, about 30 of us set off on our journey.
We got a fourth of the way up and we stopped.
I immediately realized how much I needed a break.
I suddenly felt very sick.
The beautiful green scenery turned white and my head was spinning.
All I heard was ringing in my ears.
I fell to the ground, unresponsive to those around me.
When I was alert again, my friend, Erin was standing over me with a walkie-talkie letting people back on the camp ground know that I wasn’t going to make it to the top.
She was scared.
I was determined.
She suggested that I go back to camp.
I insisted that I go to the top!
After a few minutes of rest, and a small snack, we got back on foot and headed North.
It was just Erin and I.
Everyone else had gone on to continue the hike.
I had one person by my side.
Erin let me set the pace.
She checked on me every few steps.
She was very encouraging to me.
It was like once I got going again, I kept going.
I was not going to be defeated.
I could have easily had a bad attitude about it.
But I chose not to.
I made several spiritual applications along the way.
Which I believe was God’s intent all along.
We caught back up with the group at the top.
The view was beautiful.
I had seen it before, but it was different this time.
If I had given up and gone back, I would have missed it.
I could have turned around and gone back to the campsite.
I’m sure that would have been a good plan.
But God’s perfect plan was waiting for me at the top.
Life is a lot like that hike.
Some parts were easier than others.
Some parts were very difficult and required more breaks and took more time.
Some days are easy.
Some years are tough.
Trials come when we least expect them.
God has something beautiful waiting for us, but it takes obedience, surrender, and patience.
Will we make it to the top?
Or will we give up?
How many times do we give up right before we see the beautiful view from the top?
Where God’s perfect plan is in perspective.
How many times do we find ourselves there to pick up those that fall?
And help encourage them along life’s journey?
And lead them to the top where God’s best is waiting for them?
How many times have we been the one picked up and carried to the top because friends wouldn’t let us give up and turn around?
How many times are we struggling?
Yet we see other people moving right along with their own life.
Aren’t you thankful for the Erin’s in your life that didn’t leave you alone and moved on with their hike?
I know I am.
I recall many times when life was so tough and I was ready to give up.
But an Erin showed up and saved the day.
Be thankful for your Erin’s and be an Erin to others.
The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40