When I signed up for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race it was in it's infancy. Back in 1979, mushers were still figuring out the basics of how to get a dog team 1,100 miles from Anchorage to Nome. But one thing was certain: The price we paid to get into the race gave us the right to gather up thousands of pounds of supplies and ship it on ahead to checkpoints so we didn't have to carry it all in the sled. To have not taken advantage of this would have been more than foolish, it could have been fatal, but it would have resulted in failure to finish.
The price that God paid is not just to get us into the race, it's to get us to the finish. We don't have to pile everything for the journey onto our shoulders. We can't fully anticipate the supplies we need anyway, so leave it unless God says take it. God never asks us to anticipate what the last hundred miles of our spiritual journey will look like, he asks us to trust him that when we get to that stretch, he'll have everything we need. The awesome thing about the walk of faith is that it began by God's grace alone and it will continue by God's grace alone. No one is more passionate that we travel light than God. So here's a few quick travel reminders:
- What God starts in a person, he will take to the finish line. Philippians 1:6
- Never carry the junk that can only weigh us down and hold us back. Hebrews 12:1-2
- The Word of God is mandatory equipment. It's the only way to see where to go. Psalm 119:105
- Anxiety is an emotional killer. Throw that on God as well. I Peter 5:7
- Conversation with God will guard our heart from enemies on the trail. Philippians 4:6-7
- Keep envisioning the finish line, it's gonna be awesome! Revelation 21