This was easily the most strenuous physical thing I have ever done. Climbing the 3000ft elevation gain, over rocks, fallen trees and slippery boulders tested our strength and endurance as it has never been tested before. By the end of the day, we were exhausted, I was injured, and we were discouraged.
That is, until the Lord answered one prayer after another. We prayed often along the last five miles of this trek for the Lord to "quicken our mortal bodies" and He did. We had enough strength when we arrived at our shelter to set up our tent, eat dinner, and prepare for bed.
We prayed that the Lord would provide water for us, and in an unexpected place, we came upon a beautiful spring flowing from the mountain. The water was easily accessible and we were able to refill our supply "abundantly above all that we ask or think."
We also prayed we would make it to our shelter before dark. Our pace was much slower than we had anticipated, and the last five miles seemed to take forever. We did not feel very confident in our ability to make it to the shelter before dark. But somehow, we had plenty of time once we reached the shelter to set up our tent and prepare for the evening.
The next day our hike was incredibly better. The Appalachian Trail is beautiful and well maintained,
This adventure, this "excellent adventure" as we call it, was great in what it asked from us physically, but it was also great spiritually. It required us to abandon all hope of managing on our own and trust the Lord completely for what we needed. And His supply when we trust Him is over and beyond what we can even imagine.
Whatever difficult trail He calls us to walk, He will also be the abundant supply.
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages,
world without end.
Ephesians 3: 20,21