Recently I felt urged on to “remember”. To look back at the story of my life unfolding and see the threads of God’s grace and provision in all things. It’s been wonderful and sometimes hard to remember. To see the good but also acknowledge the pain.

Nearly 6 years ago I started a blog that documented a road to a healthier heart and soul. It told stories of my overcoming and my journey towards greater wholeness and peace as a very young woman. I felt to resurrect some of these posts and share them with you. It seems that over the years the anthem of my heart and the stance of life has only become more defined and true. (I love that.)

Here is the fourth edition of THE THROWBACK SERIES. A reminder to stop and take stock of all that God has done in your life. Be encouraged today and in your remembering would you believe that He will do it again, in greater measure than before.

18 November 2011, Cutting a trail

Not sure if you have ever ridden a mountain bike before, I’ve given it a go. I love the way it takes my body to an extreme exhaustion but am not entirely stoked about the outfit or the fact that I fall in the mud and get hurt regularly. Not really my thing but I’m humouring my hubby. (Love you babe)

MOUNTAIN BIKING involves riding on, in most cases, a cut trail. Someone has gone before and found the most rider friendly route and made the trail visible and clear for someone else to ride on. Profound right? Now for the rider it’s great. You can ride along the trail blissfully because (hopefully) the maintenance team have cut it well enough so that you don’t fall a million times or get a twig in the eye every 100 meters. For the maintenance team it is hard work. Cutting a trail through dense bush is challenging. It requires strategy and grit. Forethought and stamina. Bear with me for a moment…

In Hebrews 12:12-13 it says “Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” 

Sometimes in life we get to ride along a cut and level path. It’s completely care free in every way, it’s thought out and the journey is quick and often fun. It may be that someone else had made a path or cut the trail or we have done it in a season past. But other times we are cutting the ones cutting the trail. Going before. Making level paths in the wilderness. Helping make a way for those to follow so that they can be “healed” in a sense. Sometimes in life we will find ourselves cutting a seemingly impossible trail. The bush is thick, the conditions are harsh and we are tired. It is wilderness country. I think at this point it would be important to say that we need to be able to differentiate between these times. The easy flowing seasons of free riding and the seasons where we cut trails for others to enjoy. For the season of riding on a cut path we should enjoy ourselves, have some fun, rest because we or someone else has taken the time, resources and energy and perhaps made sacrifices to cut a trail. For the season of trail cutting we must know what we are doing it for and cut the trail regardless of how hard it is. For example riding on a cut trail could be enjoying content, well mannered and faithful children whereas cutting the trail would be fighting for the same values and culture daily in the home to ensure that the children are directed and trained. Riding on a cut trail may be living in financial freedom but cutting the trail would be paying off debt. Right now I am in a major season of ‘trail cutting’. I am cutting trails in my marriage and children. I am pioneering new mindsets and attitudes in myself and the people I lead. I’m asking God to help me in this trail cutting space, ensuring my heart is healthy along the way. Trail cutting is hard. It is an everyday step by step process where we do something for a bigger story than our own. But trail cutting is a legacy leaving kind of life. And ultimately that is what I want most. To leave behind something worthwhile that other people can enjoy and reap the reward from. A level path that others can follow and find wholeness and healing along the way.