Last October 6, 2012, we embarked on an exciting adventure. As organized by our dear friend and cluster secretary, we went on trekking at Pico de Loro, Cavite. The travel from Manila to Cavite ranged for about two to three hours. We arrived at the DENR office at around 4 AM, rested for awhile and then started our ascend at around 6:30 in the morning.
As I reflected on our activity, God surprisingly revealed to me a lot of things—valuable lessons to take into heart as I walk with Him.
1. Cost– I was hesitant in coming to the trip because of too many reasons, one of which is financial. Basta, masulti nako, walai klaro–at first, excited. But samtang nagkaduol na ang scheduled date for the activity, murag lami na au i-backout. Good thing, God somehow challenged me to keep my word, to stop grumbling and start trusting Him. He impressed in me that the cost paid in coming to the trip is like the cost we have to take in following Him. Jesus Christ said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) When we truly follow God, it costs us, but it’s all worth it. 🙂
2. Rest-The guide instructed us to shout out “take 5” every time we feel the need to pause and rest. That’s also the same with our relationship with God! He invites us to come to Him (Matthew 11:28-30). But prior to accepting the invitation, we need to know and humbly accept how tired we are and how much we need God! When we realize that we’re weary and accept that we’re helpless before God, we’ll experience the real joy of resting on Him. Real rest, after all, is not the absence of work or challenge, but being in the presence of God.
3. Challenge-Life is not complete without challenges. Sometimes, God delivers us from trouble. But there are also moments when God calls us to climb those mountains of trials with Him. As we’re approaching the peak of Pico de Loro, we were literally crawling! We may also “crawl” in life because of all the trials but God allows us to experience suffering for us to be on our knees, for us to call upon Him! Not only that, He wants us to endure and persevere. And perseverance is produced through the testing of our faith (James 1:2-3). He wants us to have that mountain-climbing faith–one that puts his trust in and derives his strength from the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:1-3).
4. Reward – It took us about 5 hours to reach the peak of Pico de Loro (including the stops for break, photo-ops and lunch, of course). The journey was really tiresome and there were times that I was tempted to look back, but upon reaching the summit, I couldn’t describe what I feel. I just wanted to scream at the top of my lungs and jump for joy! Right, all I know was that there’s joy within me that says, “Finally, we made it!” 🙂 Perhaps, it was a sneak peak of what we might feel upon seeing and entering heaven—that immeasurable and indescribable joy of being at Jesus’ feet. Revelation 7:15-17 perfectly describes that scenario once we enter the first of forever, “Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the ground will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
I do hope you’ll be able to try trekking, too, dear reader. If you’re the type of person who’s up for outdoor challenges, you should not miss this great adventure! The Creator, together with His majestic creation, lovingly awaits! 🙂
Too bad I don’t have any pictures of us at the summit as of this writing. Will be updating this post once the other pics are uploaded at FB. haha! 😛