Avoiding the Stretcher to Machu Picchu

Avoiding the Stretcher to Machu Picchu

Last week while hiking the Inca Trail one of our team members had to be brought down from the highest point on a stretcher. He just couldn’t make it down after the arduous climb to the top.

I spent an hour that night deliberating with the guides about what to do. The problem was, we were now at the halfway point on the trail. It was just as hard to go forward as it was to go backwards. We decided a group of porters would take turns carrying him all the way to Machu Picchu on a stretcher over the next two days.

The next morning the man that had been brought down on the stretcher popped out of his tent and marched himself to Machu Picchu, hiking 13 miles over two days up and down at attitudes above 9,000ft.

It was astounding to watch. I thought that dude was done halfway through the hike. But he made it to Machu Picchu on his own two feet.

Seeing that guy relentlessly pound his way toward the goal, step-by-step, one of the other team members commented to me in passing, “It’s amazing what a human can do when there are no other options.”

That statement got me thinking.

We have too many options most of the time. So consequently, when the going gets a little tough we just decide to take another route. We take an easier way because we can.

What if we stuck to the one thing in front of us, no matter how hard it got, as if there were no other option but to succeed? What would happen?

I think most of us are capable of much more than we believe. Maybe we are just around the corner from a breakthrough if we’ll just keep walking. One step at a time.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us… Hebrews 12:1