The end of September doesn't feel that long ago. I'm still processing the 5-day journey my friend Jordan and I took together along a section of the Appalachian Trail (AT). It was many moons ago when I threw out the idea to Jordan about walking part of the AT together and after much discussion, planning, and intention setting we were dropped off by her father and left to the wilderness on our own.
If you look closely at the photo above you can see my Camino shell hanging from my bag. I haven't made a pilgrimage without it–it's been with me over 500 miles of El Camino Frances, 25 miles of the Japanese Kumano Kodo, and now 29 miles of the AT. We spent our strides and one-day tent-bound (due to crazy storms) pushing into our individual mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual intentions. Thank you to everyone who was praying for us and our safety! Thankfully we never saw a bear...although we did hear a pack of coyotes VERY close to our campsite one night.
A lot of my time was spent asking the Lord to reveal the core fears and lies I have been believing and letting influence my life, my actions. Woof. WE ALL HAVE THEM. Do you know what any of yours are? Well, the super cool thing was that as I got really vulnerable and real humble before the Lord He gracefully and gently led me to some fears and beliefs I was letting get in the way of fully living. Isn't He so good?
The next step is acknowledging those challenging areas and surrendering to the Lord in the process of letting Him heal, replace, and restore! He's walking me through these areas with worship, with scripture, with words of affirmation, with testimony. Golly, am I thankful for a graceful and loving Father who desires to see me WHOLE!
I'm so glad that Jo and I took the time to walk our own stateside Camino. We made the space and He met us there. I know not everyone can get away...but, a Camino journey doesn't have to look like 5 days on a trail or a month walking cross-country.
Making space to get away with the Lord with set intentions.
What Camino experience could you create for yourself?
Maybe that looks like a morning walk for 3 days, or a trip to your closest State Park for a day in nature with journal and pen in hand, perhaps it's an hour of closed eyes and meditation where you allow the Lord to lead you on a journey with Him. Whatever your Camino...YOUR Camino is YOUR Camino.
I'd love to hear about it if you do one of your own! Send me a message and tell me about it!
Buen Camino, Gabe