Lessons From A Rain Forest And A Flat-Footed Guide

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)

Many years ago we went on a mission trip to Fiji.  We were on a remote island with no electricity. We spent two weeks there working on the building we were standing up.  At the end of the first week, our leaders decided we needed a break so we went on a hike up a mountain through a rain forest to a beautiful waterfall at the top.

I have some funny stories that my son would tell of my reaction to the size of the tarantula's but we'll save that for another day. After we spent some time at the top, we began to ascend back down.  Going down was harder than going up because the rocks embedded in the soil were damp and slippery from the mist and the mud on the path.

One of the young girls with the group had worn flip flops. She was in so much pain from her feet slipping off the damp rocks and landing hard into another rock I offered to trade and give her my sneakers (not sure what I was thinking) and she accepted.

The way down was super painful because it's hard to control flip flops on damp, slippery rocks. Our guide was trying to give me instructions. Then, I noticed he was bare foot!  I asked if it would be better if I took off the flip flops and went bare foot too. He said no. He explained that his feet were made for this and he'd traversed this path many times toughening the bottoms so it didn't hurt.

Well, being who I am, I decided to try it anyway.  He was right.  That was worse.  As I looked at his feet, I realized they were wide and completely flat. Not narrow with a high arch like mine. And he knew from doing this so many times where to put his feet to receive the least impact and what to avoid. He was equipped differently than I was.

We are all different. Whether it be physically, through training or the gifts God has given us, we all bring something to the table that is unique. God designed it that way.  Interesting thing though, we were all designed for one purpose and that is to glorify God.