There are two ways that you can get to the almost mythical ruins of Aguas Calientes which is more commonly called Machu Picchu. It is a ruined city nestled high in the mountains of Peru and is one of the world’s most famous heritage sites. Your two options are: a four day hike up the Inca Trail – challenging, breath-taking, tiring, thrilling, stretching and fulfilling or;
you can catch the train, step onto a bus and then take a 5 minute walk from the bus to the ruins.
Many people choose to complete the walk but even more people take the train and bus option.
I wonder how those people feel when they arrive – what do they recall of the experience?
The walkers have endured and conquered a challenge that seems fitting to the destination. The riders have possibly been a little uncomfortable on the trip but have had it pretty easy. I wonder if there is a bit of an ‘us and them’ attitude between the two groups?
When I think about experiences and journeys in my life the most valued and memorable ones have been difficult. I have walked through the highlands of New Guinea, taken small boats to remote Islands in the Pacific and ridden ridiculously under powered motor-cycles 800 km circumnavigating and Island in the Philippines. My observation is that, the more difficult the trip, the more I enjoyed the destination and the experience.
Very few things worth having in this life are easy – and yet we all tend to strive for an ‘easy life’. The reality is that if you want a quality life then a certain amount of challenge is going to have to be experienced.
In the book of Matthew in the Bible we find that Jesus said precisely this…
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
- Difficult doesn’t mean wrong
- Difficult doesn’t mean lack of blessing
- Difficult doesn’t mean unenjoyable
- Difficult means that there is something worth seeing at the end!
So don’t just opt to catch the train and bus – take the challenge to live your life the difficult way, the Christ-like way…
Believe me, the destination is worth it!