Have you ever been hiking? I mean, really hiking? Gone up a mountain hiking?
I haven’t done much of it myself but when I did it was worth the effort. Les and I had gone mountain-lake fishing in Colorado in mid-September. The snow had begun to gather on the peaks. We were driving around looking for this one lake we wanted to fish and found the trailhead. We parked and gathered our packs and began the 2 mile hike. Along the way we began to question whether this was a good idea. We couldn’t see this lake. How did we know if it would be there? No one was around to tell us for certain the presence of the lake. The map told us it was there and there were signs all around.
At 11,000 feet we were out of breath and stopped to drink some water. We looked at each other and knew we had to keep going. There really never was a question, but our bodies and our feelings wanted to express opposition. At around 12,000 feet we had no clue how far we had come. We still saw no sign of the lake. Everything ached and we were out of breath. But we knew we had to continue.
Our desire to see the lake and to do what we had come to do was stronger than the desire to quit. We came to what we hoped was a final surge uphill. As we crested the hill what lied before us was absolutely breath-taking! It was at that moment I realized the camera was back at the truck. While I cannot show you what it looked like, I can tell you how wonderful, peaceful, beautiful, and exhilarating it was to be there. I guess you will have to climb it yourself to feel that way too.
So it is in the life of a church. God is calling us to climb the mountain with Him. The only way we will experience the fullness of His blessing and beauty is to follow and reach the journey’s end. Today we stand at the trailhead. A new school/church year approaches rapidly. All of these new beginnings prepare us for the journey that awaits like a trailhead. The blessing of growth comes like that of the climb, with much effort. To make it to the top we must work hard, make concessions, and commit. I pray that you will do so
Today we stand at the trailhead. Let us climb.
For who is God except the lord ? Who but our God is a solid rock?
God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect.
He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights.