Wrong boots, wrong socks, and poor foot management can lead to painful foot problems even beyond blisters. Now couple that with rough, steep terrain hiked over an extended period of time and the suffering can be out-right debilitating.
I know this pain. During 8-days of backpacking in the San Juan mountains of Colorado, I trashed both of my feet. The pain was excruciating and every step was a battle to take. But there is a wonderful by-product to pain; I remember that day with such clarity. That extreme pain became the element that kept this, otherwise wonderful, experience clear and retrievable in my life.
Don’t let the idea and possibility of pain keep you from experiencing a new adventure. Embrace the pain as part of the adventure that will allow you to recall the other fine details of that epic event in your life.
Christ suffered on the cross as He gave His life for us. I am sure that He remembers that day with such clarity, and as we approach the Easter season remembering His suffering, I have to believe that He is still thinking of me. Take heart, you may not like the pain and suffering of life, but it does help us to remember the important, life-transforming moments that are a part of our adventures.