He’s walking the Continental Divide for faith
August 8, 2010 Leave a comment
By Anita Carman
In a world of change, Tracy Davis is a rare individual who has worked in the grocery business since the age of 16. After 39 years of continuous employment, he was asked to find a buyer for his company, knowing it would cost him his job. With the eminence of his unemployment staring him in the face, he chose to plan the first adventure of his unemployment.
A devoted husband for 33 years with four children, Davis was inspired to hike 341 miles of the continental divide. At the age of 55, with no prior knowledge of the Colorado trail or experience for a strenuous hike, he began his walk on July 23, 2010. He calculated the journey would take 40 days, with lonely nights in the woods, away from all civilization. He chose to walk to affirm Inspire Women, a ministry whose staff radically trusted God for their provision. He was made aware of the ministry’s reliance on faith through his wife’s involvement. His walk was his personal statement that in the same way he was trusting God to protect him in thewilderness the women of Inspire Women could forever trust God to protect the ministry. Inspire Women exists to inspire women across ethnicities to discover their purpose and invests in the training of women to serve the abused, the homeless, suicidal teens and various missions and ministry.
By August 4, 2010, Davis had walked 210 miles. He had days he walked 28 miles. He had days the walk was all up hill. On a day when he was overcome with exhaustion and looking for a dry place to sleep, he saw the trail was going straight up for 7 or 8 miles. At this point, Davis threw his poles in the air and cried out, “I cannot do it! I have to rest!” Then out of nowhere, he saw a four wheeler in an area where he expected to see no one. As he looked into the face of the driver, the man looked familiar. He inquired, “Buddy?” The man said, “Yes.” There in front of him was a pastor from Sagemont Church, his home church in Houston, Texas. Out in the middle of nowhere, Davis was offered a place to rest. He was all choked up when he called to tell his wife how God had provided for him at a time of his greatest need. His spirit was renewed to continue his journey. Instead of 40 days, Tracy may finish in 21 days.
The title of my most recent book is, ‘Making Sense of Your Life in 21 Days’. How providential that Tracy will finish in 21 days! Mr. Davis is returning to us a different man. He will forever remember God’s perfect timing and provision! He has made sense of life by letting God connect the dots of his life!
Source: Houston Chronicle