Though I probably prefer the mild hikes that have gentle alterations in altitude, I do enjoy the more strenuous ones because often they have the more spectacular views when I reach the end and I feel deeply satisfied despite the pain and difficulty getting there.
Sooooo . . . why can’t I transfer what I love about hiking to my life and my trust in God? Why in life do I not enjoy what is right next to me or right in front of me but instead want God to show me what is a mile down the road? Why do I worry or why am I anxious about what is around the corner rather than excited with anticipation about what God might have in store for me.? And why do I balk at the difficult or challenging or just downright hard journeys when I know what God has in store for me is so much more spectacular than the place I started?
Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path.” We were never meant to look too far down the road or see what is around the bend. God wants us to enjoy the present and leave the future and all its sweet surprises to Him.