By Chappy Jack
April 20, 2019
Location: Greasy Creek Hostel, near Road Mountain, Tennessee
John 10:14 “I (Jesus) am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”
After a long day of hiking, it is a big relief to reach the intended shelter or camping spot. It is refreshing to reach that spot and hear one or two hikers to call out “Hey Chappy.” It feels good to be known and to welcome.
Most hikers by now have a trail name. I named myself, and some hikers do the same to make sure they don’t receive a name they don’t like. Some of my hiker friends have names such as Doc, Mom (a man), Heartbreaker, Pegleg, Sandman, and Fireweed.
More refreshing, welcoming, and good to know is that God knows me! He knows my real name and he knows my hiker name. He knows everything about me. He knows my failures, my weaknesses, my strengths, and I think He probably celebrates my victories in life.
As fellow hikers call out my name, I think He probably calls my name a lot! I don’t think I’m always listening!
Lord Jesus, help me to listen. Help me to hear your voice and and to know your presence.
Last year’s AT Chaplain, Blueberry, encouraged me to “embrace the suck”! It has become my motto.