Trailheaders

Acts 21:5 — When our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, escorted us until we were out of the city. After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another (NASB).

There are basically four types of believers on the trail of life; the first of which I want to talk about today. Several years ago our family hiked down and up a trail in Yellowstone National Park to the Lower Falls. As I mentioned yesterday, it was 3/8 of a mile down 600 feet and then 3/8 of a mile up 600 feet.

After we had hiked back up the trail, there was an older couple (probably in their seventies) at the trailhead. They approached me and started asking me questions about the falls and how difficult the hike was. They were trying to decide whether or not the view was worth the trip and if I thought they could make it.

I told them the falls were beautiful and definitely worth the hike, but I didn’t know whether they could make the trip down and up. It was in fact very difficult. About that time, my dad came up the trail behind me and started talking to the same couple. They asked him similar questions, and I think he talked them out of going down to the falls. They remained at the trailhead and missed out on a unique view of the waterfall.

The first group of people is the trailheaders. They are those believers who are still at the starting gate. Some of them are overwhelmed, and others feel inadequate or alone. Still others, like that couple, have legit reasons for not starting their journey. They realize that experiencing God’s blessings will be tough.

Maybe you were recently saved, or perhaps you’ve known God for years, and you are still at the trailhead. That couple probably could have made it down and up with a little bit of help, and so can you. Don’t discount yourself because God’s purpose is greater than you are. The couple in this story may have been alone, but you are not! God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness, and you can do all things through Him who strengthens you. Hallelujah!

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