Mountain climbing is a great activity for learning or being reminded about scripture or spiritual truths. One of the truths that came alive for me was about hearing that voice behind you pointing out the way.
When we started the climb at the base of Mount Muhabura, we were one big team – eight hikers, two guides – one for the front and one for the rear, and one porter. Until the first camp, which we got to two hours after the start, we generally kept up with each other. After that though, some people went ahead while others of us lagged far behind. I literally trailed that day, and I was with Felix, who mostly walked in front of me, and the rear guide. The rear guide always keeps his position and then guides you along the trail by pointing out which path to take and which one to avoid. He always spoke from behind me, but even when he was silent, it was comforting to know that I was not alone, that I had someone looking out for me, someone who knew the trail like the back of his hand.
This reminded me of Isaiah 30:21 which says “And your ears shall hear a voice behind you saying ‘This is the way, walk in it.'” God told me that’s what He does for me all the time. I don’t always know where I am going, but He is always with me. He guides me, tells me where to go, how to approach an issue, He gives me a word in season, He gives me wisdom for the journey. My part is to hear His voice and walk in the direction He tells me.
May God increase our capacity to hear Him, to hear His voice behind us telling us “This is the way, walk in it.”