Today’s Trek: Castrojeriz to Formista
Walking today reminded me that we walk in this manner every day. We get up hoping for the best and start our days with joyful expectation.
Some days it goes as planned. Other days we stumble and fall.
Today I thought that while we would have over 15 miles to travel I would be ok if I could get over the 12% and 18% grade hills.
I figured that we’ve been traversing hills and we’ve been getting stronger every day.
I was so focused on those hills that I forgot about everything else. I forgot about rocks, thirst, sun, traffic and heat.
So naturally I was completely shocked when those hills felt good and the air felt fresh early in the morning.
Yes, then the rest of the walk started. The sun grew hot, the path became rockier and less even.
We laugh about how we manage to get through the tougher spots of our day. We sing. We dig deep and meditate. We count steps.
And we give thanks for the occasional tree or cafe.
Every step becomes one step less we will have to take. Each step gets us closer to our goal destination.
We never consider quitting. There is no quitting. I sometimes wonder what in fact it would take to make me quit. I don’t want to tempt fate so I shoo the thought from my mind.
Just when I get to feeling desperate and dismal something pops up around the corner. Something happens to distract me and keep me on track.
And I give thanks.
I think maybe God gives us relief from our burdens in ways we don’t expect. Our burdens aren’t actually lifted they are just made easier to bear.
That’s the answer to the question, “why do bad things happen to good people?” They just do and God is there to guide us through them in whatever way we helps us.
The strength we have inside us is endless. We just have to trust it’s there.
Siempre pa’ adelante!