Struggling on walk brings revelations

I want to share something that the Lord has put on my heart so strongly over the last week.

The last week of ministry in Nepal was a week spent in a village called Gorkha, one of the most beautiful places in Nepal, in my opinion. We spent the week in the Himalayan mountains surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. There were several times that I would stand outside in awe of the creation of our Heavenly Father.

Being in Gorkha meant a lot of hiking to different villages to do ministry. We also would hike to the home where we were fed a hot meal every night. The Lord really put it on my heart to start doing prayer walks with one of my teammates to and from dinner. While I thought this was such a good idea, after our first attempt, I was quickly questioning if this was really a good idea or not. It is through the struggle that the Lord gave me a revelation that has stuck with me ever since.

The walk to and from dinner each day was a tiring one, even for the best of them. As Courtney and I were doing our prayer walk that night, we both became short of breath so quickly. The two of us could barely breathe as we were walking back to our home because the walk was so rugged and steep. Through the gasps for air and the cramping legs, neither one of us quit praying, even 80 steps up the steep mountain to our home.

I learned one thing that night. The Lord showed me what perseverance looks like. He showed me how important it is to call on his name through the struggles of life and when things get a little hard. He reminded me to call out his name when life is crashing down on us and we feel we can’t take one more step. He reminded me that he hears our every cry. He is with us each step, and he will give us the strength to continue in this life and to continue to put one step in front of the other.

Courtney and I were definitely struggling to continue praying up this mountain, but it was the power of us calling on the name of the Lord that gave us the strength to continue our prayer walk. The Lord was with us, and in the midst of our struggles, he heard our cries, and he heard us repeatedly calling on his name.

The Lord moves mountains for us. He meets us in the midst of our struggles, and he gives us the strength to push through the crashing waves of our lives. All we have to do is call on the name of the Lord.

The power that comes from his name. Oh, what a beautiful name it is.

Keia Blair is a Seymour native who attends Cincinnati Christian University. During her nine-month mission trip around the world, she will be submitting a series of blogs that will appear in The Tribune. Send comments to [email protected].

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