I Finally Made It Out of Maine

This has been a difficult week for me. The most difficult section of the trail is southern Maine and New Hampshire. 

I crossed into NH on Wednesday and really began to lose miles.

Thursday I made it to 21 miles and planned to summit Mt Madison and Mt Washington before calling it a day. To be sure, we then checked with the park to make sure the road to Mt Washington would be open. Unfortunately, it was about to close.

Without the proper heat with me to camp, I decided to call it a day, get some sleep, and begin again early Friday and make up those miles – beginning with the toughest climbing of the entire trail. The initial ascent up Mt Madison is about 2,700 in 2.5 miles!!! After that, the trail stays above the tree line for about 12-14 miles, eventually making it’s way up to 6,300 feet to summit Washington.

At one point I missed a turn and ended up losing an hour and a half backtracking before starting up Madison. At this point, I was heavily discouraged and moving pretty slow. I felt better on the way down Mt Washington and I was moving well as long as the descent was gradual. These were the most beautiful miles if the trail.

About 3 miles from the road, I had to descend another 2,500 feet, and my knees were killing me. Oh, and the rocks were super slick all day. About 2 miles from the car, my left foot slipped and I did something to my right knee and could hardly walk at this point. Painfully, I continued to limp down to the car. My plan initially was to regroup at the car and push trough the next 28 miles that would take me into the night. But, with the injury I had to decide what was best. I called my PT friend and we decided it was a strained quad tendon. He recommended I rest and ice, as continuing immediately could possibly end my journey completely.

 Here, I began to crunch the numbers and realized the record was out of reach. I was destroyed, discouraged, and couldn’t bend my knee. As discouraged as I was though, I slept for quite a while and could actually walk the next day. My knee was sore, but manageable. That morning I began the tough 28 mile section over three 5,000 ft mountains.

 

If you’ve been waiting for the encouraging part then keep reading.

 

Within 30 minutes God was pouring himself out to me. I began to think more clearly.
My mind transitioned from “I’ve let everyone down by not breaking the record” to this…

What does it say to the world if I do succeed?
Did I not ask God in the very beginning of this journey to produce the outcome that would bring him the most glory?
If so, what changed Drew?
Do you not trust that God is in control? Do you not believe this is exactly what God desires?

Bear with me here guys, this is good stuff! 

What if God wants me to fail? What if he desires to show himself through my failure?
What if success only sends out the message “if you have enough faith, God will make you successful”?

I don’t like that message. God doesn’t ever promise us success on earth. He promises us himself. What if the message God desires to show the world through this story is this, “sometimes you fail, and that’s exactly what I desire.”

I’m not talking about giving up here. I’m talking about fighting tooth and nail to run this trail as fast as I can, and falling flat on my face at the end & failing to break the record.

I think it’s dangerous to link God’s goodness with our success on earth. I’ve never been a fan of the prosperity gospel. 

For a long time I have heard that it’s good to fail, but it’s always followed with eventual success. If my willingness to continue to fail is only contingent on my eventual success, then I have missed the point. I may never “succeed” again in my life, and that may be exactly what God desires.
Be content with knowing that you are chasing fully after God himself and all the callings he has on your life.
Run the race so as to win the race. Never let up, never stop giving it every bit of yourself. When you succeed or fail, know that God is in control and bringing forth the outcome he most desires. We are merely a vessel to carry out part of the master plan he has designed. 

Thank you guys for praying that God does mighty works though this journey.
By the way, I’m hoping to put in over 300 miles this week. I’ll let you know how it goes. 

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One thought on “I Finally Made It Out of Maine

  1. GLORY TO GOD! Some scriptures 2 go w/your last update.
    Romans 12:2
    Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    My pastors sermon last Sunday was on success, some scriptures from it.
    Joshua 1:8
    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
    Psalms 1:1-3
    Book One
    Psalm 1
    The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked
    Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
    nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
    but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.
    He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
    that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
    In all that he does, he prospers.
    James 1:25
    But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
    Psalms 112:1-3
    Psalm 112
    The Righteous Will Never Be Moved
    Praise the Lord!
    Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
    who greatly delights in his commandments!
    His offspring will be mighty in the land;
    the generation of the upright will be blessed.
    Wealth and riches are in his house,
    and his righteousness endures forever.
    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
    In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths. (This 1 is on my walking sticks) 🙂
    Matthew 6:33
    But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
    Jeremiah 29:11
    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
    Romans 8:28
    And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
    Hebrews 11:1
    Chapter 11
    Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
    1 Corinthians 9:24
    Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
    Hebrews 12:1-2
    Chapter 12
    Jesus, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
    2 Timothy 4:7
    I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
    Galatians 6:9
    And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
    Romans 8:31
    God’s Everlasting Love
    What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
    GO DREW GO!!!!
    🙂
    Hope A Walker
    (Heavens Open Please Enter)
    After the AT
    (Humbled Over Places Elevated)

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