Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for so by doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
In the world that we live in today, it is difficult to trust
people, especially strangers.
On the trail, I continuously ask myself where this high level of
trust in the Hiker community comes from. How could people that are so different
have such a trusting bond?
A similar aspect of the trail is Trail Angels that provide Trail
Magic. I received my first trail magic in the form of a free shuttle to start
my hike at Springer Mountain in Georgia. The 2017 AT Chaplain, Matt
“Trigger” Hall, had made a friend on his 2017 thru hike. This same
friend is the Trail Angel who gave me the free shuttle.
Only a half mile into my hike, the Stay Young group of Ellijay,
Georgia gave me trail magic in the form of a granola bar. It is amazing and
uplifting to come to a trailhead and to find a Trail Angel grilling hot dogs
and hamburgers and to sit with other hikers and just enjoy.
Have I ever entertained an angel without knowing it? I hope so!
If I haven’t, I hope that through the trail that I will become more trusting of
people. Maybe, just maybe, one of those people will be an angel.
Lord Jesus, help me to trust people more, but especially to trust you more!
Location: Newfound Gap, border of North Carolina and Tennessee
Psalm 94: 18-19 When I said, my foot is slipping,” your love, O LORD, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
I awoke yesterday to a beautiful snowy morning. However, I knew that my plans for the day included climbing Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the Great Smokey Mountains.
The climb with the elevation and the snow was very enjoyable. I was not surprised that the 360-degree view from Clingmans Dome was clouded over since it was still snowing when I arrived.
I was very surprised when I started my descent on my way for another six miles to Newfound Gap.
The snow had very quickly turned to ice that was very difficult to see. Falling is common on the AT, and I fell a total of 4 times. Thank God, no injuries. I arrived safely to Newfound Gap.
In Psalm 94, the Psalmist writes of the Lord’s love supporting him when his foot was slipping. My literal feet were slipping yesterday, but I believe the Psalmist is speaking of anxiety as he talks about the Lord’s consolation in verse 19.
Thankfully, we have God’s Holy Spirit who is our Peace! He is the Peace that passes all understanding!