Monday, December 21, 2009

trails and life...

The sweat. The fall. The doubt. The belief. The sunrise. The trail. The pain. The end.

The sun was calling over the mountains like a siren to sailor's death. The mountain called. I responded. Step by step, minute by minute, mile by mile, I endured the hill. Half way up the trail, I lost my footing and slipped down onto jagged rocks, cutting my hand and shin. I debated quitting. I mean, I had already completed a good amount of trail. What would it matter if I continued? Who would know? Who would care?

But I couldn't quit.

I was surrounded by trees; their limbs were like semaphores swaying encouragement. I had to get to the top. I limped my way to the crest of the peak and my breath was taken away. I saw the entire trail, the sunrise, the doubtful cliffs, the believing trees, and I rested in the beauty.

I had a moment with the Creator and saw Life. Sometimes I've asked myself, What would it matter if I continued my walk of faith in a Divine Creator? Would would know if I quit? Who would care? But as I stood at the peak of the hill I endured and saw the difficult path I emerged from, I realized the end is worth the fall, the doubt, the pain. Press on, fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12), for He shows loving kindness to those who walk before Him with all their heart (2 Chronicles 6:14).

Have you asked if it would matter if you quit? It does. Don't give up. The view is beautiful from the top.

20 comments:

Michelle said...

Great minds, Bianca. Great minds. ;)
http://michellesidles.blogspot.com/2009/01/just-around-corner.html

Hilda Quintanilla said...

So needed to hear this! Thanks. God bless.

Anonymous said...

I have quit GOD long time ago. so I don't see the point of me being there for him when he is not there for me, I got tired of pretend I was okay when I was not, like a lot of people does it these daym they put their holly faces at church but just there, when they get home or go to the market they are worst than people from the world. I have got enough from my boss and my family members that read the bible all day long and because of that they think they are better person than anybody else.. I got tired of being a hypocrite that pretends that everythins is fine when it is not

An Imperfect Perfection said...

It does matter - to me - and to God - if I quit. I've renewed my Faith these last couple of years - and again most recently. It's between me and God - always has and always will be. Thank you for this. Merry Christmas!

Bianca said...

@michelle: great minds think alike :)
@hilda: sometimes we all do. thanks for the love.
@anonymous: as a Christian, i'm not perfect but i love someone who is. i'm sorry for the pressure put on you to be perfect, but rest assured that we all fail. but don't give up.

Just Saying said...

I seem to recall someone recently saying "Whatever, it is what it is"!.....when they quit.

Just Saying said...

Hey...
Usually through all of time those that preach trust me are Snake Oil salespersons.

Why should anyone trust what you have to say?

Kati Smith said...

Bianca, you go girl for finishing the trail! Used to go to the trails in Fullerton when I was at Biola.

Thanks for the encouragement, needed that today! Fight the good fight!

Just Saying..... said...

Your credibility is in question.

What gives you the right to "preach"? to "Lesser" human beings?

Perhaps you are the lesser human being?

Perhaps the judgement as to who is lesser and who is greater should be explored before you get off on posting blogs from selfish life existences....

Just saying...

Anonymous said...

Bianca...loved the post and the replies u gave. We all fail and we r not trying to pretend we r pefect...we keep going though and we r striving...not giving up...


just saying...
ok so u don't believe what is spoken about here...so why do u feel the need to keep making your comments? are u truly looking for answers or are u just here to disrupt? r u trying to convince people here to change what they beleive or are u just trying to get people to respond to your comments and questions so that you can convince your self to believe? why do u feel the need to try and make people feel lesser than u for what they believe here? what exactly are your intentions?

Anonymous said...

BB - talk about perfect timing.

<3 Cyn

Anonymous said...

BB - talk about perfect timing.

<3 Cyn

Anonymous said...

BB - talk about perfect timing.

<3 Cyn

Anonymous said...

BB - talk about perfect timing.

<3 Cyn

Jewelielyn said...

in response to just saying . . . bloggers write about what they are experiencing, feeling, and thinking in the hope that those who read it will be entertained, or challenged, or enlightened. bianca shares what God is teaching her, so that we--her loyal blog readers--can learn along with her, or think about things in new ways, or be challenged in how we live our lives. if you find that preachy or arrogant, i would say to you that maybe this blog is not for you--find something more to your liking to read. but i am pretty sure bianca wouldn't agree with me, because even though your words have been aggressive and mean, she would hope that if you were to keep reading the blog, maybe one day you would read something in it that would draw you closer to Jesus. because that's why she blogs--not to set herself above everybody else, not to show off how perfect she is (because she's not,) but to get us thinking about how to live more like Jesus. and that's quite a challenge--one we should never quit.

Lindsay said...

Thanks for this post. So encouraging. And the reminder that it does matter...because we matter :)

Dana said...

I won't give up!! =) Thank you for this encouraging message! God Bless!

christy said...

Loved this post Bianca! The race is hard and sometimes i do feel like giving up...but God always brings me back...it's hard not get caught up in the things of this world and start to wonder why we have the struggles we do...but I remember what I am fighting for and start running again...

Anonymous said...

i appreciate your thoughts & comments "just saying"
please continue.

Renay. said...

@Jewelielyn: I couldn't have said it better myself!
@Just Saying & Anonymous: praying for you!

And B, like everyone else, thanks for the encouraging post! Remember Matthew 5:11-12! Love you!

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