Who can resist focusing on the beauty of a mountain? Who can deny God’s presence and power when they look upon the majestic peaks of the Rockies? Like a glimpse of heaven, they inspire the heart and soul to worship our Creator.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Climbing God’s mountain brings joy
The mountain trails are endless and daunting in Glacier National Park. Glacial streams and mountain peaks abound, all shrouded in clouds. The awe-inspiring beauty, the diversity of flora and fauna and the pure, unadulterated air overwhelmed me. As much as I’ve enjoyed trips to the Rockies in Alberta, Canada, and Alaska, I took special pleasure in my recent trip to Montana’s Glacier Park even more.
One of the interesting features of the famous Going to the Sun Road is its carefully planned and executed layout. From the mountain bottom we could see the faraway roads and trails high on some of the peaks. It stole my breath, knowing we’d be traveling that high and then back down.
Hikers and drivers both face dangers during their travels upward. The paths seem an eternity away, enticing only the bravest and most determined of the three million park visitors each summer. They encounter grizzly bears, slick rain-covered paths, avalanches and sheer drop-offs. Caution signs are posted everywhere, and all visitors are advised to carry bear spray.
My experience in Glacier Park reminded me of the famous book, Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan, about a Christian’s trek toward heaven. We believers in Jesus Christ face many obstacles on our walk with Him. We may encounter “bears” in the form of friends, family or others who do not agree with our desire to trust in Christ above all else. Disease, poor health or emotional weakness also can deter our walk unless we continually use the “bear spray” of God’s Word. Everywhere we look, we face temptations that can damage our faith as fast as an avalanche.
God’s Word is filled with caution signs. We are advised in Hebrews 2:1 to pay careful attention to the things of God “lest we drift away.” Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 4:1 that some believers will leave the faith by heeding deceiving spirits and much more. In fact, he says “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12) He adds, however, that God is faithful to show us ways of escape from any danger.
Thank You, Lord, for your promise that if we endure the trials of our walk with You, we shall be saved. Give us the strength and power to overcome all obstacles and to take joy daily in Your beauty as we travel with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.