Matthew and I have always enjoyed being outdoors. We decided to spend Thursday afternoon hiking Mary’s Rock in the Shenandoah National Park to celebrate our birthday’s. When hiking I thought about a book I had read a while back, Blind Courage, by Bill Irwin. He is the only blind man to hike the entire Application Trail … alone. He traveled with no other people, only his seeing-eye dog. It is a great story of courage, faith, and a triumphant spirit. Below is a excerpt that I had jotted down because I loved how he related trail blazes to the Bible and how they lead us to eternal life.
“I held up a white blaze on a piece of construction paper and told them how hikers on the Appalachian Trail followed the marks on the trees and rocks. They were the only directions a person needed to get all the way from Georgia to Maine. “What did you have to do to stay on the trail?” I asked. They all knew the answer: See the blazes and follow them. But, I said, if a person ignored those white marks, they wouldn’t do him a bit of good. Then I asked, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if it was that easy to find our way in life? You’d just follow the blazes from one goal to the next.” They agreed, and I told them that God had marked the trail for us – His blazes were in the Bible. To the kids it was perfectly clear, if we read the Bible but ignore its message, it doesn’t do us any good. But if we follow God’s word and live it, He leads us along His trail to eternal life. ”