As I sit here in the mountains, far away from civilization, I have so many thoughts, questions and fears running through my head. When you read this, the first week of school will be ending and “scenario one” will be under way. There will be many people unsure and fearful about how things will work, but life must move on. We must “get uncomfortable!” So "don’t worry about tomorrow. Every day has enough troubles of its own. Tomorrow will have its own worries." (Matthew 6:34)
Here in the mountains, life is simple (in a weird sort of way). When I leave for a trip, everything I need for the next 3-7 days is in my backpack. I only have four basic needs: food, water, shelter and safety. This forces me to really tune in to my surroundings - and pray a lot. I love the simplicity. Everything I need is on my back. This can be uncomfortable at times, both physically and mentally, but it helps ground me and reminds me what my needs really are.
When Paul writes his letter to the Corinthians, he was very uncomfortable writing it (I know how he feels), but it had to be done. He states that he wrote the letter “out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears” (2 Corinthians 2:4). He also states in verse 7:8 that he regrets his letter causing sorrow, but he also didn’t regret it at the same time. How many times have we felt like that! Especially with our kids! Thankfully, his letter was well received by many.
As I watch my family navigate through the mountains, I love to watch them push their limits. I love to watch how quickly they learn how to “survive” without the comforts of home and are how proud of themselves they are after pushing through a challenging situation. This makes me think about the times of my life when I am uncomfortable. I realize now that it is in these times when I grow and learn the most, even if I don’t like it at the time. Often, when things seem effortless and easy, it is because I am not doing enough to challenge myself and grow. I can’t sit back and wait for God to do this for me.
I continue to pray that in these challenging times we will be encouraged to get outside more often and enjoy God’s creation - even during winter. That we will all use this opportunity to “get uncomfortable” with our faith, slow down and remember what our basic needs really are.
Husband, Dad, Teacher and great friend to many