A few weeks ago, I went on a hike just outside of Spokane. In theory, it was a great idea. It was uncharacteristically sunny and warm, the trail was supposed to be the perfect balance of challenging and enjoyable, and there was supposed to be a beautiful view at the top. In reality, the hike sucked. The trail report had said “light mud”. The trail was one giant mud puddle, not an exaggeration. 5 miles of mud so deep if you did not move fast enough you would lose your shoe. I don’t think shoes and socks have ever been so muddy, it looked like we had finished a Tough Mudder. The hike should have been terrible. We should have turned back two minutes in. Instead it was one of the best hikes I have been on. My stomach hurt from laughing so hard. The journey to the top was filled with JOY and laughter. This JOY made this experience that should have been terrible into one I will never forget and will laugh about forever. Yes, we were very excited to get back to solid ground, but the trip was full of JOY and excitement.
As I am reflecting on this chapter of my life, I see similarities to this hike and my current situation. As a full time fundraiser, a huge part of my life is looking towards the future; the view from the top, the solid ground. I found myself lacking contentment for the place I am in now. I found myself not allowing myself to be happy where I am. I was caught up in where I am going.
Fundraising can be muddy, like lose a shoe and ruin your socks, muddy, but that does not mean that this should not be a season of JOY and laughter. I am in this chapter of anticipation, waiting, and I was not finding JOY. Fundraising is hard. And when you are not seeking JOY, it can be so discouraging. I am trying to find JOY in the journey. Finding JOY that I have 61% of my annual donations pledged. Finding JOY in having all of my one time costs fully raised. Finding JOY in the yes’s and the no’s. Seeking JOY in all circumstances. The path might be muddy, and the view will be amazing, but I am praying that I find as much JOY in the hike to Brussels as I do when I am there.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed, donated, listened to the triumphs and the hardships. The LORD has blessed me with the best people. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I cannot and do not say it enough.
I would love for you to join me as a financial or prayer partner during this exciting journey. I can not do this without you, and I am so blessed by all the people on my team. Words do not express my thankfulness.
Keep finding JOY in the journey, muddy trails and all.
“May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” –Romans 15:13