The Rewards of Toil {Guest Post}

Rewards of Toil
Cresting over the ridge brought the most wonderful scene. Before me lay a vast meadow dotted with every color of the rainbow, the open space was bordered by both coniferous and deciduous trees – the panorama caused me to catch my breath and silently praise God for this quiet moment of perfection.It is moments like these that remind me of the vast greatness of our Savior.  It is also moments like these that remind me of the fact that in order to get there I had to labor hard.I woke up around 3am, ate an energy bar and some fruit for breakfast before getting into my forest green colored Nissan XTerra and drove a total of 2 hours with some fresh Starbucks coffee before finally reaching the trailhead.I was over a mile into the hike by 6am as I watched the sun rise in the cool, crisp mountain air. I spent the day climbing up sides of mountains, ascending approximately 4,000 vertical feet through nearly every terrain that can be found in the Rocky Mountains.I trudged through thickets of thorny bushes, bounced from rock to rock to log across wide turbulent creeks, kept myself from falling down steep hills on switchbacks, and felt my quads burning as I climbed to higher altitudes.

All this labor and hard work brought me to one of the most amazing vistas, one of nature’s rare glimpses of what creation looked like centuries ago. How could I not also think of the glimpses we get of our great God after we go through turmoil with sweat, tears and blood?

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” — Proverbs 4:18

The effort exhausts us, it leaves us deeply crying out for rest and sustenance but it is there that God, at times, reveals the most uplifting and awe-inspiring perspective. 

It is there, at the end of the long trail winding through valleys and up vertical rock faces, that God’s faithfulness carries us and we are encouraged in this life of faith – trusting in His character because He is God and worthy of our trust.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.” — Romans 8:18-19

Because of His great mercy, I know that at the end of this arduous journey, I will get to see the glory and majesty of God. Creation will be perfected and I will be in the presence of my King. This is the hope and promise I rest on when my circumstances discourage me from seeing the majesty of His greatness and His personal care for me.

It is this promise which causes me to exhaust myself in pursuit of Him. Through all the trials, discomfort and times that cause temptation of my heart to fail it is His grace and mercy that remind me of the awesome opportunity to gaze upon His glory afterward.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” — Hebrews 12:1-3

holly brown-the brown tribe
Holly is wife to an amazing & godly smarty-pants husband, and mom to two precious, sanctifying toddlers ages 2 & 3. Together they desire to build community for the glory of God in eastern Nebraska. She writes at The Brown Tribe for the purpose of discipling and encouraging women and mothers, and is a contributing writer for Missional Call as an encourager to missionaries. In her spare time she enjoys coffee, photography, exploring the culinary craft, and is currently writing her first book.

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