Counting down the days

I am so crazy excited about my upcoming adventure.

In just 53 days I am leaving KS to go on a super fun adventure.

I’ve mentioned it before but just had to write about it today because it’s really on my mind.

My aunt Reneta from Mississippi and I are going to camp and then hike Mt. Elbert. Then we are going to drive down to Divide, CO set up camp again and hike Pike’s Peak via the Craggs Trail head. I’ve done some day hikes before but I think this is really going to step it up a notch. I also think after I do these two 14ers I’m going to be itching to do more.  Like any physical challenge I think it is going to be a mind training issue as much as a physical training issue. I’ve watched youtube videos, read packing lists, bought gear and have been working on my endurance. But with all that, something keeps whispering to my heart.

One of the reasons I love being in Colorado is that (though I’m terrified of the potential of bears, and also spiders) I love to see the beauty of creation. I love to hold a piece of granite in my hand or to run my fingers along the rocks as we walk past boulders. I ponder how long they’ve been there, what they’ve seen (I know they don’t have souls or eyes for that matter and I’m really not interested in an old earth/young earth debate just fyi.) I love to breath in the clean, thin, mountain air and to see peaks and plains as far as the eye can see. It makes me realize how small, how incredibly insignificant I am. It makes me understand that I am but a drop of rain in the ocean or a grain of sand on the beach. Yet, I have a savior, a loving God who sent his son, to die for my sins. As insignificant and impossibly unimportant as I am, I have the opportunity to see eternity. It blows my mind. And with that thought I decided to find a verse that I could take to the mountain top. I wanted to hide this verse in my heart (and probably also in my pack) so that I could remember that it’s not about how fit I am, or am not. It’s not about how amazing I am, or am not. It’s not about how well I can plan or how brave I can be, or am not. (Any one that has actually done those hikes knows we’re going to be just fine.) It’s about having a beautiful Creator. It’s about knowing Him and Him knowing insignificant me.

The verses I chose are Psalms 90: 1-2

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

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Mt. Elbert. Photo taken from
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1 Comment

  • Regina Crafton

    May 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm Reply

    I’m so crazy excited for you! I love your ability to challenge yourself.

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