It’s my day off and I had plans to go walking in Wright’s field today. Robert, my husband, asked if he could come along, so I jokingly said “If you can keep up.”
I like Wrights field because it has rolling hills that provide just enough resistance to get my heart rate just high enough to burn some calories and fat. I can go as fast or as slow as I like and do some thinking at the same time. It’s great.
At 8:30 we hopped in the truck to take our youngest to school and go on our walk. As we pulled into parking lot to drop Brendan off, my husband pointed at an old access road leading up the side of the canyon and asked, “You wanna walk there?”.
“Sure.” I’m always game for something new. Or so I thought.
So we drove across the street and parked in a little field at the bottom of the access road. I grabbed a water bottle and started my nifty heart monitor watch. It tracks my heart rate, calories burned, time exercising, time in the zone and time of day.
We started up the hill, and after about 50 feet, my heart rate was already at 140. I looked up the access road which just led up, and up and up, and said to him quite crossly, “Are you kidding me?”
I thought to myself, “This is really, really lame. Why did I let Robert hijack my morning plans? This is going to be hard. Really hard!” I was so angry.
There went my plans for a nice, comfortable, effective morning walk. But I’m stubborn and not a quitter, so up the hill I kept trekking.
At some points this hill must climb at a 40% angle. It was steep, really, really steep. There were no areas to catch your breath, no flat spots to make it a little easier. It was ALL up hill.
My heart rate was topping 175 and my husbands a mere 100.
His encouragement would just make me more angry. I didn’t want to be pushed to work harder or get more fit. I wanted to do it at my pace.
But about 3/4 of the way up the trail, God started speaking to me.
“Katie,” he said, “Isn’t this what life should be like. If you stay comfortable and move at your pace, you won’t grow very fast. If at all.”
“Ugghhh!” Why is God always right?.
His little nudge changed my whole take on the hike. If I look at this as a challenge, and opportunity to grow, then maybe it’s not so bad after all.
So I continued, only now my heart was in it and I was actually enjoying it. We made it to the top in about 35 minutes. Wow, what a view!
Isn’t that what life is like?
Like what ministry work is like?
We don’t always like being challenged, or stretched, but it’s good for us. And once we get to the end, our perspective it totally different. It makes all the hard work worth the effort. It’s so rewarding.
I’m thankful I have a spouse who doesn’t let me sit idle, who challenges me to grow, and pushes me when I need it.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.