The first time I journeyed to Abram's Falls, I was accompanied by my amazing wife and our two kids. The trek to the falls is 5 miles round trip. It is not a straight 5 miles...it is a series of ups and downs, climbs and decents. I carried our 18 month old Clay on my back in a carrier pack and our 5 year old Abi walked the entire trail to the falls. The view was amazing, we hung out for a few minutes, then it was time to go back. The return trip was not quite as easy, the majority of it had me carrying Abi on the front and Clay still riding in the pack on the back. I remember passing hikers that were going to the falls as we were heading in the direction of the car. They would keep us posted on about how long we had left. By the time we got back to the parking lot, we were more than happy to see our white Suburban waiting there to carry us back to our campsite. At the end of Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas have completed their missionary journey together. Let's see what they returned to:
26 Finally, they returned by ship to Antioch of Syria, where their journey had begun. The believers there had entrusted them to the grace of God to do the work they had now completed. 27 Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too. 28 And they stayed there with the believers for a long time.
After travels of over 2 years and around 1200 miles (without the use of any motors), Paul and Barnabas return home. You can bet that they were ready. The first thing they did was to gather the church and share the amazing stories that happened on their trip. I believe we are all in various stages of journeys. I like to call them adventures. We are either getting ready to go on the adventure, be on the adventure, or resting up from the previous adventure. If you happen to be resting up, tell your story. Tell the stories of the ups and downs. Tell the stories of God's faithfulness along the way. Tell the story of your journey. Your life is incredible, His story within your story can change the world!
With sincere love for each of you,