A few years ago, members, helpers, pastors and bishops of the Universal Church made a purpose in favor of one of our churches in London that was at risk of being closed unless we raised enough funds to purchase it.
The purpose was to climb the Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom located in Scotland.
To make matters worse, it was winter time.
I’m never going to forget that day.
I remember that the day before the climb the guides gave us guidelines…
-Don’t put too much clothes on.
-Only one bottle of water.
- If taking a bag pack, don’t over pack it.
When I heard this information from my husband, even though I didn’t say anything I thought to myself…
“What?! How can that be?! We’re in the middle of Winter and we should wear less clothes? Only one bottle of water?
And with that I prepared myself for the climb…
A pair of underpants, another thick (and heavy) pair of nylon plants, three long sleeve shirts, a coat and a nylon jacked (all of those clothes proved to be quite an excess.)
In my bag pack:
-Two water bottles (“I’m going to spend an entire day climbing and coming down that mountain, how can I only take one bottle?!” I pondered…)
- About 6 large chocolate energy bars (“In case I get very hungry” I thought to myself.)
-First aid kit with all sorts of remedies (“What if someone needs it” I thought.)
-A pack of gel that heated up when shaken (“I might need it.”)
- And lots of other unnecessary items that I can’t remember now…
But one thing I won’t forget… what a heavy back pack!!!
I made sure not to let my husband pick up the backpack because he would’ve told me to leave everything behind!
We weren’t even 5 minutes into the climb when I realized my mistake, and what a mistake!!!
The backpack was very heavy and if it weren’t for my husband and Sam, a Godsend helper, I wouldn’t have been able to make it to the top, for the two of them had to carry the bag for me.
My stubbornness and lack of consideration to the guidelines given made those two “angels” suffer the consequences.
This example made me think about our next task….
Task #7 for Becoming a Lovelier Woman
“Today you are going to analyze which instructions, advice and guidelines you’ve received in church but haven’t listened to.”
Do you know when the pastor says: “Daughter, forgive! Put that grudge aside!” But maybe you are thinking “Pastor, my case is different, you don’t know how much it hurts!” There you go filling up you “backpack.”
The man of God says: “Think about it, you don’t know that guy enough to marry him,” but you think “I love him and he’s the one I want to marry period!” There you are again ignoring the “guide’s” instructions.
Remember, rejecting instructions given by God and carrying unnecessary weight in your life will make you a frustrated and disillusioned woman.
Listen to your “guide,” get rid of the extra weight in you backpack and surely you will become a lovelier and happier woman.
P.S: During the climb I had to take off some of the clothes that I saw were unnecessary and I didn’t make use of almost any of the things in my backpack.
Oh, and there was a fountain of crystalline water that was used to refill our water bottles… that was indeed the best water I’ve had in my life!
Junior and me at the top of Ben Nevis