As I shared in the last post, on Wednesday of last week we got to experience a hike up a mountain and into a 'cave'. The hike up mountain was not too bad as there was a rope to help us pull ourselves up the steepest incline as well as hand guides to help us in other difficult areas. Then when we got to the cave, Bro. Bill (the owner of Icthus Ministries) explained to us how we would be going into the cave and how we could not talk loudly at all and that for a 18 people there were only 3 flashlights, so it was very important that we communicate properly as well as pay attention. I must say going into the cave for me was a bit scary but at the same time it was exciting. After getting all the way to the back of the cave, he had us all sit down and then told us to turn out all the flashlights for 1 minute. It was so dark you could not even see the outline of your hand in front of your face. It was so quiet and so dark.... Then he turned on a very small flashlight and it lit up our immediate surrounding. He was talking to us about how Hell is going to be even darker than what we just experienced as well as constant crying, screaming, gnashing of teeth and just an eternity of pure misery. But then he also reminded us of how Jesus is our light and how our light can permeate that utter darkness. As I was sitting there I was thinking at how that if one little light can help us see our immediate next step in our Christian walk, how much brighter would our walks be if we shone our lights together!
Then as we were coming out of the cave, our group got to experience something that the other tow groups didn't get to experience ---- we got caught in a storm! Coming down the mountain with rainy weather made the mountain extremely difficult and much more of a challenge for us. Several of us (including me) slipped and fell, but there was always someone else right there to help us out. Later that day as I was thinking about our adventure, I realized that our hiking down the mountain was no different than our daily walk with Christ. Our journey became much more dangerous just because of one element being thrown into the mix. This is just like what Satan does to us, he throws many elements our way to cause us to stumble; however, as fellow Christians, we need to always be there to help each other from slipping and when we do, they can help us to stand back up!!!