My daughter Amy and I spent two weeks traveling from the length and breadth of a state the natives often refer to as “G-d’s country.” We hiked and drove altitudes from 5280 ft. to well over 11,000 ft. We viewed magnificent vistas, quiet, peaceful meadows and amazing wildlife. The air was lightly scented with the resinous smell of pine and pinion, and the steady sound of wind rustling through the trees captured the quietness of our spirits. Yet in this natural cathedral, holy and majestic, we also learned to tread with caution and respect, constantly aware of the danger surrounding us. Wildlife were a wonder to behold, yet need to be done from afar. Wild fires ranged throughout the state, several started by the powerful elements of early summer thunderstorms who’s lighting ignited the dry and parched places it kissed. Short hikes, moving ever higher among the staggering heights, quickly left us breathless, and Amy painfully discovered that when she failed to watch where she walked, she easily fell and was injured on the sharp, pointed rocks that littered the mountain paths.
Our extended stay in Colorado reminded me of our journey with Christ. It is at times both peaceful and dangerous, but always magnificent. One doesn’t need to be surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas to have your breath taken away by G-d’s creation or the difficulties of daily living. Gratefully, we never walk alone when we journey with Yeshua. The writer of Hebrews penned these words of encouragement, which says –
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
May your week be blessed with awe and wonder as well as the abiding peace that only being in His presence can provide.