I’m borrowing some of this from my other blog, but if you’ve seen it over there, we use a different ending here.
Last weekend, the wife and I set out to do some exploring in the area where we live here in South Carolina. When we left the house, it was warm, and mostly overcast. On the 25 minutes journey up to Table Rock State Park, we drove through a bit of a shower, but it had stopped raining by the time we ventured into the park, so we decided to do a little hiking on the creek side trail.
Along the way, the rain started again, just a little bit, the humidity picked up some, and then dissipated, and the gray day gave way to some pretty sunshine and a great sunset.
As a photographer, the changing conditions could be a bit of a challenge, but what are you going to do, give up and stay home? Nope, we kept hiking on and tried to keep the rain drops off the camera lens. (Not to mention trying not to slip and fall into the creek with camera in hand myself!) And we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset over the lake before heading home again.
This is also an interesting metaphor for healing. Sometimes the path you start out on changes mid-hike, and you have to adjust to some new conditions that you hadn’t planned for. Healing is never a straight road, it’s full of all sorts of changing conditions, unforeseen obstacles, and more ups and downs than any mountain hike you could take in one day! That can be a challenge, certainly, but if you roll with the changes and keep persevering on the path you’ve set for yourself, you may just find some rewarding views on your way, and some joy at the end of the trek.