“What if your destination is a people? What if the beauty you’re desperate to reach is a people who do not know the love of God yet?” These were God’s words to me during a time of seeking purpose; what was I supposed to do with my life?
Is there something that you’re always itching to do? Something that, when you hear an opportunity for it, your first thought is, “YES, let’s do it!”
Something you feel so alive whilst doing? One of those things for me is hiking and backpacking.
I’ve always been an active person. I’ve played sports my entire life and was out on a hike every weekend if I could be. Back home in the states, the mountains were my backyard. My parents would strap me into one of those backpacks suited for carrying babies when I was little and they would go hiking. Eventually, I grew into spending weekend trips with friends or taking a solo hike occasionally. I used to think it was something that I just enjoyed doing; but the moment God told me that my enjoyment brings glory to Him and I can use my enjoyment to share the gospel – well, I thought it was too good to be true.
I think the heart of a trailblazer, whether you’re on the mountain or in a city, is to capture God’s heart for those who are the hardest to reach. To go where most people don’t want to go to reveal the heart of God. To be the activator where there is no life.
I once heard someone say, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” You feel the most alive when you’re connected to the Father simply because He is life (John 6:35). God connects with all of us differently. Some through music, others dance, painting, writing, fashion, science… We’re all different. For some of us, it’s the chance to venture into the unexplored. He wants to use all of these passions to create a deeper intimacy with us and to reach out to the lost.
He made me adventurous. He created in me a natural attraction to the wilderness. More than that, he created a natural attraction to connect with him. Some of the most intimate moments between God and his people, the Israelites, were in the wilderness. Many of my most precious, memorable quiet times with God have been when the two of us are up on a mountain. The conversations we have on the way up and the silence we spend taking in the beauty of the final destination – that’s when I feel the most alive.
God also wants to reach unknown people groups and He wants to partner with us to go on those journeys. It’s one of His dreams.
It says in Luke 19:10 that “the son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” God created all of us to take the gospel into all the world, and for some, he specifically designed us to go where no man has gone before. To reach the places where the Bible hasn’t been before. It’s no coincidence that you crave trails and fresh air. We carry precious cargo. We carry the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Of course, we want to create paths to get to those who don’t have that!
I’m not sure if you’ve ever thought of your dreams or desires in this way, but it’s real life! He gave those passions to you before you were born and He wants you to be fully alive in them, and in Him, more than you ever will. Doing a DTS is an amazing way to get to know God personally. I’ve seen so many lives changed because of the desire to know God more. If you’re interested in embarking on a journey to discover the heart of God alongside people who also share a passion for the unexplored, I encourage you to join the Trailblazers DTS!
By McKenna Fedora,
YWAM Trailblazers DTS Staff