“For you are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me.” Psalms 31:3
The first time I went rock climbing, I bubbled with excitement and nervousness! I let a few people go before me, in hopes that the nerves would fade. The encouragement of those around was enough to get me on the wall. As I began to ascend up the rock, I found myself encountering many different obstacles. Could I reach the next hand hold? Was I strong enough? What would happen if I fell? These questions filled my head and distracted me from focusing on my goal and trusting the belayer. Caught up in fearful thoughts, I had begun to climb to the right of where the actual route was. I was horrified as the belayer told me I would need to let go of the rock and swing back over to the original route. I shuddered and clung even tighter to the rock. Eventually I felt myself swinging back into place and was able to continue. “Where should I go next?” I hollered down. “Up!” replied my belayer.
Once at the top, I found myself marveling at the view of the nature below and the adventure that had just occurred. Even if we believe in ourselves, obstacles still try to knock us down. But we have good news; we are not alone in our life ‘climb’. God is a belayer who loves us unconditionally and will hold the rope to catch us when we fall, encourage us, and lead us up the route. Sometimes we are pushed and stretched and it can be uncomfortable! In those times, however, we grow and can know that God is encouraging us to keep climbing!
-Emily Silcox, 2020 Girls’ Village Director