God’s word is like our MomTrek backpack. In His word, we find everything we need. It holds light and truth, sustains and nourishes, provides shelter, and reveals direction for life.
If you or your child have ever participated in outdoor adventure activity or camp, you know there is a list of necessary equipment. This equipment is vital for you to have a successful and enjoyable adventure. Let’s look at some of these items and apply them to our MomTrek. Typically this equipment would include: a sturdy backpack, food, lantern, compass, water, shelter, camping supplies, etc. Where do we get these supplies? We can’t just manufacture them ourselves, or draw from our own well of strength and resolve. We need Jesus.
“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10)
I like to think of the backpack, which holds everything for our journey, as being God’s Word. In His word, we find everything we need. It holds light and truth, sustains and nourishes, provides shelter, and reveals direction for life. Truth is like our map as we navigate life. Basing our decisions on the strong foundation of God’s word helps us establish firm footing as we make our way. His light illumines our way and dispels the darkness that surrounds us. It is our food and water, as we so desperately need to be nourished and refreshed with daily scripture and prayer. When we take shelter in God’s truth, we find provision and protection. And when we seek God’s ways as our true north, He gives us guidance through our own personal compass – the Holy Spirit – who reveals direction for our lives and the lives of our children.
“Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
And of course, we can’t get very far if we aren’t wearing the hiking shoes of faith and hope! It’s great to have all the right equipment, to know in our minds where we’re trying to go. But to actually step out, take hold, and go up takes having faith and placing our hope in what we have yet to actually see. And it means letting go and reaching forward.
So let’s review our supply list:
*Backpack of God’s Word, which holds everything we need.
*Map of His truth as we navigate life.
*Light is like the flashlight that dispels darkness.
*Tent of His word is our shelter that protects.
*The compass of His Holy Spirit, that gives us direction and guidance.
*Food and water of daily scripture and prayer refreshes us along the way.
*The rope that secures us and our children in His mighty hand.
*The hiking shoes of faith and hope help us step out and take hold of His promises.
And what does God promise us?
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He alone is my refuge, my place of safety. He will protect you, cover you, and shelter you with His wings.” (Psalm 91:1-6)