Adventure You Didn’t Want

Adventure You Didn’t Want

I took a team hiking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. 
Because of it’s proximity to the equator, the southern region of Peru has two seasons. Rainy and dry. It’s really predictable. June is dry season, so we plan most of our hikes during that time. I lived in Peru for a few years and know the climate. So I told one particular team they didn’t need to worry about rain on the hike. It doesn’t rain in southern Peru in June.

Man, was I wrong!

The first day started out fine. No rain. But in the middle of the night the rains started. We hadn’t properly prepared our tents and we all woke up soaked. It rained all day! So our gear never dried out. On day two of the hike we crossed over Deadwoman’s Pass, at 14,000ft of altitude. As we got higher and higher the rain turned to sleet, snow, and ice! 

I’ll never forget the death-looks the team gave me at the top of that pass. We were all soaked and freezing, completely unprepared and miserable. I felt horrible. I hadn’t prepared the team and they were all suffering for it. But something interesting happened.

The hike was brutal, but we all made it to Machu Picchu. We felt stronger for it. At the end of the trip the guys reflected back on the experience. There was a sense of unity and accomplishment I had never seen in other teams. Everyone talked about how hard it was. They talked about how angry they had been with me during the experience. But once we made it through, it brought a deep sense of satisfaction to all of us. We had an adventure and lived to tell about it!

The biggest adventures are usually the hardest. They are uncomfortable and filled with uncertainty. Sometimes they are downright painful. But when we get to the other side, though we may never want to do it again, we find a deep sense of courage and strength were developed that we never knew we had. 

If you feel like you are hiking through an ice storm that you are completely unprepared for be of good courage. Press on. This adventure will come to an end one day and you’ll look back and feel stronger for it. You’ll see that God was right there with you in the storm, walking with you and making you into who he wants you to be.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4