Today I chose miserable.......Wandering around Marble today with Starbuck (my lab) I chose miserable. We were on a walk with rainy skies, muddy roads and spectacular "moody mountains" with clouds above them and below them. In the middle of the walk I chose a different option than the one I had originally planned. I decided that we would go down a trail from the road and circle back to the Bob Marly (my jeep). The operative word here would be trail not road.
So we started down
the trail and we were immediately in sometimes knee high vegetation and
sometimes shoulder high vegetation. Did I mention rainy skies? Less than
a minute into the trail, my hiking pants were soaked due to wet
vegetation. My pants were a little too big and with the extra water
weight, in constant threat of slipping down, not something I particularly
wanted to happen. My feet got soaked, my dog got soaked.... I think you
get the picture. Once at the bottom of the trail we had to walk a muddy
road to get back to the Bob Marly. Almost to the said jeep, we ran into
horses being loaded to go into the back country. Starbuck barks
furiously at horses. Horses do not in general like dogs to bark at them.
I had to drag her on a tight leash by the horses to load up and head
Yes, indeed I chose miserable. I could have finished my original
course and avoided miserable. Then as God often does when I am on a hike, He led my heart in a
spiritual application. How many times does He give me options and I
choose miserable? The good news is that He often gives us options and
gives us choices. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we miss the
mark just a bit. The even better news is that even when we choose
miserable, He does not forsake us but woos us back to the better trail
or sees us through to the place where we can load up in our jeep and go
to a dry home!
"...And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:end of vs 20