As we walked down the hill at Almagor, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Israel, back to the waiting tour bus, Michaela was quiet. As the leader who had invited her to come along on the trip, I asked if she was okay, and she began to tell me her experience.
She told me how she had not prepared enough for the trip physically, and she wasn’t sure while we climbed the hill whether or not she would even be able to make it. Several of us had to encourage her to keep climbing. In fact, she almost gave up. But at that moment when she considered just walking back down to the bus, she felt like we wouldn’t be bringing her up there if it wasn’t worth it. And she sure didn’t want to miss out on anything after having paid all that money and traveled all that way. So she climbed.
Then the tears began to flow out of her eyes as the words flowed out of her mouth. She told of how, after the teaching we had heard… when we had time to stand and overlook the area where more than 90% of what was recorded about Jesus’ earthly ministry took place, she was so glad she had not given up, but had kept climbing. That’s when the Lord spoke quietly and gently to her heart, and told her that if she would always climb the challenging mountains of life, He would climb with her, and He would always make sure that the climb was worth it.
Today you may have a challenging mountain in front of you, and you don’t feel like you can keep going on. You may feel like you weren’t prepared for this challenge. You may feel like you don’t have what it takes.
Let me encourage you to keep climbing. Don’t give up. You can finish the climb. And when you get to the top, the view will be amazing. It will be worth it.
Make God your climbing partner. Let Him lead you to heights you have not scaled before. He has sights He wants to show you. He has truths He wants to reveal to you. He has blessings He wants to give you.
Make the climb… don’t give up… it’s going to be worth it!