My husband's favorite thing to do in the world is take long hikes in the mountains. I enjoy it, too, but mostly because I like seeing him in his glory. I mean, I like hiking but I'm just not as good at it as he is. But watching him do what he loves is such a joy for me. Yesterday we had the opportunity to go on about a four mile hike up the difficult trails of Crowder's Mountain again. It's such a great time to clear the head and get fresh air and spend time with the greatest man on earth all at the same time. (smile)
I love how my husband goes right before me, making sure the path is sturdy, grabbing my hand and helping me at the difficult passes. He's so sweet to do that because I know he could go faster and work harder if I were not with him but he prefers to have me there, even though it seems to slow him down a bit. He must love me a lot.
With each careful step, I realized that my hike was similar to how I need to walk through life. Not looking too far ahead, but carefully taking life one day at a time. Otherwise, I get tripped up. I need to stop and soak in the view every now and then with my best friend at my side. In life, I need to do this, too. Taking time to slow down and soak in the view can be hard when you are a busy woman with a ton of stuff on the calendar! I need to walk through life steady and slow, careful and following in the footsteps of my husband, the leader God has graciously given me to help guide me. He's the one who is there to encourage me when I feel like I cannot go another step, he's there to help me when the path gets rocky and dangerous by taking my hand and helping me stay safe.
I've heard it said that it's not about the destination as much as it is the journey, and I must agree. During my experiences yesterday, my favorite part was not soaking in the breathtaking view at the top (thought it was beautiful), but it was more about seeing selflessness, support and encouragement in the actions of my husband toward me. The beauty of yesterday was in realizing how incredibly blessed I am to have such an amazing man to walk this journey with each day and that together, we can conquer any mountain.