The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

When I was in my 20’s, I participated in a wilderness-training course in a desert and mountain area.

For our “final exam,” we were blindfolded, placed in the back of a pickup truck, and taken to a remote area. We were dropped off and told to meet back at the camp in three days. We did not know where we were. We had to determine our location with our compasses.

It was a frightening experience for four young people who had learned to navigate through the use of a compass only a few days earlier. With our food and water on our backs, we began our trek. It had just snowed that morning, so the way was difficult.

We walked through valleys, canyons, snow-covered hills, and forests. In all, we walked more than 60 miles in three days. There were times when we did not think we could go another foot. Exhaustion and frostbitten feet were taking their toll.

However, we finally made it to our base camp successfully, and to our surprise, we were the first ones among the other patrols to make it back.

At the conclusion of our journey, we were able to stand on top of a ridge, look behind us and see the beautiful terrain that we had just scaled.

The pain of what we had just endured seemed to subside. We could not believe we had actually walked through those valleys and snowcapped hills. There was a sense of accomplishment.

Life is very much like this.

It is often lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road a bit that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale and the spiritual deposits He has made in our life as a result.

When you begin to realize some of this, you sit back and breathe a sigh of relief because you know that God was in control all along.

It didn’t seem like it at the time, but He was.

Are you in the midst of a difficult journey that seems almost impossible to continue? Be assured that God is providing grace even now to equip you for that journey.

There will be a time when you can say, “Wow, look at what God has done because of what I gained through that valley.”

Trust Him with the outcome of where you find yourself today.

by Os Hillman

7 Responses to Living Forward, Understanding Backward

  1. Ikapolok Martin says:

    Wow, it was a timely message. God alone deserves all our praise and glory. There area million reasons to worship


  2. Jacqueline says:

    Gracias Querida Priska por recordarme que todo lo que vivo tiene un sentido y que en este camino estoy bien acompañada….

  3. Annet says:

    Thank you for this experience, It has taught me to thank God at all times and learnt that he is ever with me.

  4. anne says:

    Amen! what encouragement this is! Thank you so much!

  5. jonathan says:

    this message is blessing to me. i thank you
    am from india

  6. Nerry Jimenez says:

    BEAUTIFUL! God is Always in Control of All our roads! Amen! Thank You for that!

  7. D says:

    I am so glad to recognize that God’s Grace was with me yesterday when I felt like giving up, so that I could see your message today. Your message helped me understand that He was and is there! Thank you!

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