When Walking With God Wrecks Your Feet by Rachel Ferchak
I don’t have the space to share all the little ways God showed Himself throughout my trip. The resentment I carried around at home is now sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Finisterre, Spain, where all bitterness in life belongs. I needed the experiences that went along with a trip like this: being inspired by other people’s journey of faith on the Camino, seeing how they see Jesus working in their lives and learning more about God’s plan for me.
Walking the Camino was physically, emotionally and spiritually rewarding. The blend of prayer-walking through the beautiful Spanish countryside and meeting with the Lord and others along with way, was a great opportunity. The Lord spoke to me in a very unique way on the Camino, helping me to understand a difficulty that I was experiencing, which continues to help me to this day. I would love to do the other 3 legs of the Camino, or return to do the same walk. Dave and Dawn were absolutely great leaders, and the entire experience was transformative!
Unlike so many others, walking the Camino was not on my “bucket list” I knew very little about its history and significance. However, I am so grateful to have joined with my wife and the team. The trip was a wonderful combination of solitude and reflection, along with group discussion and encouragement. A mission trip for your soul.
If walking the Camino isn’t on your bucket list, it ought to be! It is an experience like no other. The beauty of the countryside and the bounty along the way (apple & pear trees, grape vines, etc.) spoke to me of God’s presence with us and provision for us as we journey through life. The conversations with others were deep and left me changed. Over the course of a week, strangers became friends. There was also space for silence and solitude that allowed me to open my “God-ears” and just enjoy being with Him. We stayed in nice hostels, ate delicious food and the miles went quickly. I hope I can go back someday soon.
During the hours of walking, I listened to friends’ stories as I told them mine. We laughed, we wept, we prayed, we exhorted and we loved. The Camino is a metaphor for life as a whole. Above all, we focused on Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus walks before us (He is the way), with us (to carry us) and behind us (to secure the way). He is the good shepherd, the righteous judge and the lover of our souls.