This is the very first guest post by Heather, my wife. Yay! (She wrote it back in August.)
It’s 100 degrees this August day in Denver. The school year has started at a time that feels way too early. Our family’s getting cheated out of beautiful days in the mountains, and togetherness around campfires. Summer is not over yet! The narrow window of warm summer mountain days has not closed.
“Busy” has started for everyone but me, and I am alone. What a rare place to find myself. I head rebelliously to the mountains for a hike. I want to see the exotic colors of “the best show of wildflowers in years.” I’m pulled in, determined to soak in the beauty, alone or not. I park and start walking. A short distance later, I leave the forest and the carpet of wildflowers behind and trudge along alpine tundra, passing little springs flowing from melting snowfields. The sun flashes silver and sparkly on an emerald alpine lake. Massive, intimidating and stunningly beautiful peaks surround me on all sides.
I am small in the vast silence. I see how big God is. I speak, but no human hears. My voice and footsteps fall like a tiny drop of rain in the ocean, but the sound reassures me. I’m a little scared. I sit, read, and think, letting a fresh breeze blow away the stale and the stuck in my mind. The sun has moved, the clouds are gathering. It’s time to go back down. Things look different going this direction. I feel invigorated and happy. This heart-pumping day has changed me. Life among mountains always does.
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Nicely done! Life around us changes us maybe just for the moment.
Way to go, Heather! Congratulations on your first blog! There is nothing like going to the mountaintop, like Jesus did, to look up, especially when the busyness of the world makes us long for His presence. Thanks for sharing how the Lord met you there in the wilderness. I’m happy to follow your blog!
loved it, heather! thanks for sharing. I wish I was that brave to go on a hike alone in the mountains—sounded very nice. good job, getting your lovely wife to share too, paul!
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