Day 169: Trails

Happy FRIDAY and Day 169 of Another 100 Days of Hannah …and Counting, y’all!

First things first: my watch is FINALLY done installing it’s update, which means that I can finally plug in my iPad to charge while blogging. Huzzah! Also, note to self: I really need to bring multiple chargers on my next trip. This one charger for three devices thing isn’t always quite cutting it.

In any case, we made it to Friday, y’all! Anyone else excited? Just me? Oh, that’s okay. As much as I’ve loved this travel week, I’ll be happy to get home (probably tomorrow) and get back to living my normal life. (Okay, I really miss having a piano/keyboard/organ available.. that’s what I feel like I’m needing most.)

From there though, I guess the biggest news is that I’ve gotten back into trail running this week for the first time since living in New Mexico. (Thank you AllTrails showing me a place right down the road where I can easily put in 3+ miles.) As I was running yesterday, I couldn’t help but think about the similarities between trail running and life.

The path is rarely straight. There are twists and turns – sometimes that take you right by a place where you have already been, yet somehow, it’s different.
While you’re out on the trail, it’s hard to see the end, even when you know it’s there. It’s easy to take wrong turns when multiple trails meet up (especially if you’re directionally challenged like me). Sometimes these wrong turns mean you’re out there for an extra mile, maybe two, but at the end of the day, you still make it to your final destination.
The trail is uneven. There are hills and valleys, logs, sand, stone. It’s easy to trip and fall, but the only way out is to keep moving on.
Sometimes while running, it’s easy to get caught up in the little things – the distance, your pace – but, it’s most enjoyable when you let go of these inconsequentials and simply take in the beauty of the world around.

And so it is with following our Savior. It can be easy to get discouraged when the twists and turns of the road wind back upon each other. It can be hard to see where the Father is leading when all we can see are trees and leaves up ahead. It can be easy to doubt that you’ll ever make it, when it seems like every path you’ve taken is just another wrong turn. It can be hard to get back up after falling in the dirt once again. It can be easy to get distracted by all the little things around us, forgetting to fix our eyes on the Good Shepherd.

And yet He remains beside us, every step of the way – leading, guiding, holding, helping.

Which I think is all I’ve got for today.

Catch y’all tomorrow,

Hannah