On the Road: Lessons from the Mountains

On the Road 2 At 11,000 ft, I can’t remember what was stressing me out when I left home this morning. Maybe I should have been checking items off my to-do list instead of going out for a hike. Maybe I should have sent out a client project yesterday. Maybe I was worrying about my son’s medication. Maybe I was being a bit over-introspective. I don’t remember what I picked to worry on today, but I look out and the world before me is so vast.

I’m on the tundra above the tree line. Across the valley, those mountain pines look like blades of grass. The next mountain looks so close, and yet the cars driving up that next rise look like ants crawling up their ant hill, all in a line. I’m getting some perspective.

Trail Ridge Road

It looks as if the whole world is within view, but I’m only looking at a small corner of Colorado. What’s more, I’m only looking at a section of the park. Consequently, I feel so small - in a good way. What are my worries compared to this vast place? Compared to the one who created all of this, and holds it in the palm of his hand? What are my small worries compared to the Lord who created me, loves me, cares for me, saves me, sanctifies me?

I lift up my eyes to the hill -

where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

Rocky Mountain National Park

In these mountains - rough and dangerous, vast beautiful, God has placed creatures. Birds fly in the air, marmots sit on the rocks, dall sheep are perched, the elk bugle. How do they live here? God cares for these little guys in a wild environment. They have food, they have shelter, they thrive in a harsh place. He helps them. Of course he helps me, too. He tells me in Luke that I am even more valuable than these birds. Why worry?

mountain bird

Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Luke 12:24

 

elk

Is there a place that gives you perspective?

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lay it down

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Earlier this morning I drove our mini van across town to an appointment, fretting about this and worrying about that.

And then this song by Matt Maher came on the radio.

God's timing is never a coincidence.

I sang along at the top of my lungs and the tears came. The thankful kind. My overwhelmed heart was filled straight up with His peace.

Lord, I come, I confess Bowing here I find my rest Without You I fall apart You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more Where grace is found is where You are And where You are, Lord, I am free Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You When temptation comes my way And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You Every hour I need You My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You

What a privilege and comfort to be able to lay it downAll of it at the feet of Jesus!

Every worry, every hurt, every failure. Every minute, every hour, every day.

So thankful that He is always here, even when I choose to try to carry the heavy load of life on my own. Oh, how I need Him. 

Dear ones, Jesus is inviting us and commanding us to cast our cares on Him, to come to Him when we are tired and burdened. Let's listen to Him, taking up His light yoke instead of our heavy one. We cannot do this without Him.

He will carry us.

 

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