The Appalachian Trail is a beautiful and treacherous path that extends from Georgia to Maine. It runs 2,175 miles through mountaintops and passes, lakesides and thick forests. It’s a great family tradition to hike portions of it every year. But imagine hiking it from end-to-end. A great feat, right? Imagine being blind and hiking it. And imagine falling down more than 5,000 times in the process.
Bill Irwin did just that with his seeing-eye dog Orient. It took him eight months to complete. “I’m no great example of anything,” Irwin said in a recent interview. “Any blind person that is capable could do the same thing if they wanted to go through the same difficulty.” It’s not the falling down, but the getting up that should inspire all of us to complete our journey as well.
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Life can be very difficult at times. And in the grind of your daily journey are many test’s and many trials. Each day brings enough of its own problems and mountains to climb.
The above article describes how a blind man defeated that 2,175 miles of mountain. He achieved this in the physical of course. But it can be applied to the spiritual as well. It says that he (Bill Irwin) fell 5,000 times. But as I thought about that for a while, I realized that If he fell 5,000 times, this also means that he GOT UP 5,000 times!! This is a great example how we should continue to get up and move forward in spite of our falls, failures or circumstances. He also had a helper, his dog Orient to guide him along the trails, along his journey. He wasn’t alone, just as we are not alone. We have the Holy Spirit as our helper, as our guide along side us through our journey and wilderness times we are going to experience.
As a little child I remember when I woud fall and scrape my arm or my knee, I would get up and would run to my dad or my mom to comfort me. And as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, when we fall we need to get up, and run to our Father for comfort in the midst of the hurt, the trial, or whatever we are going through.
Sometimes in the thick of what we are going through, we run the opposite way from our Father. We get so engulfed and depressed that we shut down. We don’t read the word, we don’t pray or fellowship. And I tell you from experience, this is a slick trick of the enemy. He uses our circumstances against us and whispers lies in our ears that convince us to run from the Father instead of running into our Fathers arms. I fell for this deception so many times.
Perseverance is a key component in following Christ and living for Christ. Just as we read above. Bill had perseverance and continued to get up 5,000 times. There has been so many reasons and circumstances that could of led me to leave the faith, more then I could tell you. And when I ran from, instead of to our Father, I was almost at that point of no return. But, as I realized that there is NO other way, I GOT UP with the Holy Spirits help and guidance, and I remained on the path that led me out of that wilderness.
EPHESIANS 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
ROMANS 5:3-4 – And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
JAMES 5:11 – Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end [intended by] the Lord–that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
Knowing that its not of our own strength, but through the strength the Lords gives us and knowing the we get up through his compassionate Love and Mercies and that we have Hope no matter whats going on in our lives, and through praying for our selves and for others. Through Endurance & Perseverance …. Thats how you get up!