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The Unfamiliar Path

Volcano Island, Talisay, Batangas

I lovingly dedicate this post to you, the Christian blogging community, who immensely encourage me with your testimonies of “how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you (Mark 18:19 NIV).”

“Should I continue?” I asked myself. I took one step forward, and then two steps backward as I hesitated in that moment.

I looked down at my trail shoes that were now starting to gather dirt and mud. I was in the Volcano Island in Talisay, Batangas and the trail ahead would lead me to the viewpoint of Taal Volcano’s crater lake, a picturesque scene that I have only seen on photographs.

Earlier when I began the hike, the path was sandy and soft. It felt comfortable under the soles of my brand new pair of black Capra Bolt. But as I moved farther, the texture of the ground became rough, rocky, slippery, and muddy. The slopes did not also help my feet that were just starting to get used to the feel of the trail. It was drizzling and the weather was colder than normal. The air turned smelly, making it hard to breathe.

I had every reason to back out, but wait a minute!

I stared at the earth. It was painted with footprints that were too many to call mine. There were footprints that pointed to the trail I was about to traverse, and there were some that pointed to the direction where I came from.

Volcano Islands, Talisay, Batangas

I was not lonely in this path, I realized. There were people who have passed the same point where the thought of quitting crossed my mind.

Volcano Islands, Talisay, Batangas

Those people who have come and gone managed to endure the journey, reach the destination, and return home to tell great stories about their new discoveries.

Volcano Islands, Talisay, Batangas

The difficult trail ahead of me was an unfamiliar path, a place unknown to me. I was not in my comfort zone, I thought. I am used to navigate smooth, asphalted pavements that are cushioned for running.

Volcano Islands, Talisay, Batangas

This path that was inviting me to explore was exactly the opposite, and that was reason for my hesitation to carry on.

So, what do you do when you find yourself standing outside of your comfort zone?

You harness your strength and step into your courage zone. This strength comes from an awareness of your true identity, of who you believe you really are.

Then, I pondered on a question.

Who am I?

I looked back at the lake that we crossed by motor boat several minutes ago. I could still feel the water splashing on my face as the boat made its way through the currents.

I looked about to see the wilderness and the well-marked trails that guide every adventurer that brave its calling.

Volcano Islands, Talisay, Batangas

Binintiang Malaki. This is not the real Taal Volcano.

I looked up to the gloomy sky that sends refreshing drizzles to wash and cool my body.

I looked ahead, and found the answer right in front of me.

I am an adventure. The wonder of being alive fills my being. There is no space for fear or reliance on old comforts. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). Tweet

Then, I thought of my life.

How many opportunities have slipped through my fingers because I was afraid to try, because I was too comfortable in my comfort zone to let go of my sources of security?

How many times have I missed the voice of truth and the calling to live my purpose because I thought I was not ready and time was not right, because I felt inadequate to serve?


Volcano Islands, Talisay, Batangas

This is not going to be one of those, I resolved. No way! I am here to get dirty, to rise above the mud, to conquer the trail and all the challenges that come with it.

I am here to enjoy the most valuable reward given to those who trust with all their heart.

Taal Volcano Crater Lake

Taal Volcano Crater Lake

Taal Volcano Crater Lake

This is the Crater Lake within Taal Volcano within Taal Lake within the Island of Luzon.

I trust my adventure.

I used to be in that messy trail and God guided me to the direction that not everyone would ever dare to take. I trusted Him as He took me to the unfamiliar path.

I trust the unfamiliar path. I trust to discover the beauty that I have yet to see if I do not give up.

I trust my faith.

Volcano Islands, Talisay, Batangas

Don’t go back or even try to look back to what you once were, when God wants you to become somebody you’ve never been.

25 Comments on The Unfamiliar Path

  1. Will be visiting there this June. Great to have found this blog!


  2. Very nice photographs. Will visit there this summer.


  3. Nice. Ang ganda. Kailangan mo talaga minsan maputikan, madumihan at dumaan sa lubak dahil hindi lahat ng kalsada ay makinis at sementado – literally and figuratively 🀣

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  4. ambivertedpsyche // February 10, 2018 at 01:04 // Reply

    Deep thoughts, as usual.

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  5. Ohhh! My family went there on a sunny weather and the scenery was breathtaking~
    This post reminds me of the verse “Prov 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean
    not on your own understanding but in all thy ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. The path may be unfamiliar to us but it’s not easy for me to trust Him cause I know that I am trusting a God that is omniscient and sovereign πŸ™‚

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  6. Reblogged this on P.S.A..


  7. Very timely ang post mo for my season Kuya Jays! Thanks for this! Heads me up sa mga next na gala mo! πŸ™‚

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  8. Ayaw ko din dati na napuputikan ang sandals/paa ko kapag nagka-climb. But then seeing other mountaineers enjoying, laughing & even taking pictures of their muddy feet, made me realize na part na talaga yun ng pag-akyat ng bundok, and we just have to deal with it.

    Parang sa buhay lang din natin, may mga unos at pagsubok na dumarating, pero nandun na talaga yun eh. Harapin na lang natin iyon, learn from it and enjoy life. ☺

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    • Sa totoo lang, maraming aspeto ng adventure na ‘to and hindi ko pala napaghandaan, gaya ng pag-ulan at pag-alon ng lawa ng pabalik na kami. Halos naligo ako sa bangka dahil sa splash ng tubig.

      Minsan, we want to carefully plan every detail of our lives, we want to secure the future, and we want these to turn exactly the way we planned them to be. Pero may mga bagay talaga that just happen when we are already out there. You said it right, harapin natin kung ano ang nandiyan na.

      When we let go of the things that give us comfort, kapag hinayaan nating maputikan ang ating mga paa, kapag hindi tayo nagpa-apekto sa frustration ng hindi perpektong itinerary, doon nagsisimula ang experience ng totoong adventure.

      Salamat bro!

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  9. Marami talagang tinuturo si Lord sa mga “mountain” experiences natin. Hehe πŸ™‚ Onto more adventures sir!

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  10. RheaAngeline // January 29, 2018 at 08:39 // Reply

    Wow! This is very timely as I will go hiking for the first time this coming weekend. I don’t trust myself, my capacity. My physical strength, to be specific.

    Reading this serves as a confirmation that there’s no room to back out. Totally out of my comfort zone, yet I’m willing to explore and experience the beauty of the summit. I’m getting more excited. 😊

    Nice photos, Kuya Jay. 😊

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  11. I want to see Taal volcano’s crater lake too. Pwede bang magswimming sa crater lake?

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  12. Ang ganda ng pagkakasulat. Ang lalim ng reflections. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Š

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