This time of year, people are out exploring the world. Seeing new places and doing new and different things. I was thinking about my Mom and the trip we took to California by train. It was fantastic!! One part of the trip took us through the Rocky Mountains, they were spectacular!!
We were both in awe of their beauty and the massive size of them. We went on this trip in June and there was still lots of snow on top of them!! We took so many pictures of them during the trip, you may have thought we didn’t take pictures of anything else…Lol!!
Being from Kentucky, we don’t have mountains, just large hills. We couldn’t stop talking about them. There was one point where we actually went “through” the mountain. Yes, you read it correctly!! There was a 6 mile long tunnel through the mountain, that the train had to pass through to get to the other side of it. Now that was a sight to see…or not! Before we entered the tunnel, there were two large iron doors to the entrance, the conductor told us they only open on one end at a time.
This was for the exhaust from the train to be pulled in as the train traveled through, when the entire train was inside the doors closed, trapping the exhaust inside the mountain, only to be expelled on the other side when the doors opened to let the train pass. Depending on where you were on the train, you could see the smoke billowing out when the train came out of the tunnel.
That was our experience with mountains, but there are people that will go to great lengths to climb them. They train for months, sometimes years for a particular mountain climb. Why….because it’s there, that’s what I’ve always heard. I guess for some it’s a matter of accomplishment, a goal they wanted to achieve in life, or to scratch it off their bucket list. Whatever the reason, these particular people don’t stop until they have reached the summit.
Mountains hold a particular mystery for us all. The beauty, danger, thrill, of them temps us all to want to see what’s there. Different plant species have been found on mountains that were no place else on earth. Fossils that are hundreds, even thousands of years old. Even a prehistoric man, was found perfectly preserved in a glacier on a mountain. He was so in tact, they examined the contents of his stomach and could tell what he ate before he died, that’s amazing!!
Different animals, call the mountains home, like the mountain goats.
They live high on the sides of mountains, as you can see. They even rest without the fear of danger or harm from other animals. They are extremely surefooted, and agile on the rocks. We humans are not this surefooted even on flat land…lol!! We tend to trip and fall over almost anything, if we’re not paying attention.
Life can be considered a mountain, of sorts. We start at the base, learning the terrain along the way. Then we get to our first obstacle, there are so many different routes we could take, but which one? The mountain isn’t going to help you, you have a specific route to take, a guide, a compass and supplies. All these things to keep you moving in the right direction, but along the way you decide not to follow the route, guide or directions.
You get lost, low on supplies and you’re stuck on a ledge. What do you do now? All of a sudden, you remember you have a crank type signaling system, you crank long enough to get enough energy, to send out a signal for help. After waiting for it seems like hours, help comes and safely gets you back down to the base of the mountain.
All this seems like a movie, but it’s real life. We do get lost along the way, and wind up on a ledge. All because we didn’t follow proper directions that the guide gave us. The guide is Jesus and the directions are the Bible. We all have done this at some time in our lives, and He’s always there to get us off the ledge, and back on solid ground.
Let’s be surefooted, like the goat and follow the Guide. He will get us safely to where we need to go in life.
Are you ready to climb your mountain?
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