mount washington revisited…for those of you who might be wondering…

To my readers who wonder…who wonder, “why?”  Why would anyone want to endanger their lives for the sake of fun?  Is it fun?  I believe there is a rebel in all of us.  That little part of us that says something like this, “I can do that…”  Even when against all odds, everyone around you is telling you, “no you can’t.”  I am telling you, yes you can.

I am a woman.  A petit little woman with thin arms and legs and who does not happen to have a whole lot of strength.  But ever since I was a little child (growing up with brothers) there has always been a little part of me, or maybe a big part of me, that says inside…I can do that.  I want you to hear me now.  There is that little voice inside us all who says I can do that.   The biggest battle lies within our minds.  Our thoughts.  If we have self-defeating thoughts then of course we won’t.  But here is a revolutionary thought given to me by very sweet sister-in Christ (and momma you know whom I speak of)…just because you are thinking something….doesn’t mean you have to think it.  Repeat: just because you are thinking negatively in your mind doesn’t mean you must think that way.  Our thoughts are our thoughts…but certain thoughts don’t have to be paid attention to.  “and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10: 5.  So reader, why?  Why did I climb Mount Washington?  Me…a woman and a little one at that?  I climbed Mount Washington because of a vast and deep love for nature created by a magnificent Creator who put thoughts in my head that say, “Yes you can.”

Reader, yes you can.  Yes you can conquer those trials in your life.  Yes you can get through the difficult situation you are in.  Yes you can climb any mountain.  If you simply believe in yourself.  If you believe you are a creature created to overcome.  It’s in there.  Inside you.  God put it there.  You can do it.  I suppose some of us climb mountains because of the challenge and joy of overcoming it.  To know that God has created something so mighty and it’s there for us to enjoy.  August and I happen to enjoy mountain climbing and I am blessed to be able to pursue those joys with him!

“What is it that confers the noblest delight?  What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him?  Discovery!  To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere.  To give birth to an idea-to discover a great thought-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plow had gone before.”  (The Innocents Abroad Roughing it, Twain.  209).

The biting snow and ice, the blasting gusts of wind that nearly toppled me over.  The frostbite.  The pounding heart from being so small but climbing something so big.  Yes I did.  And in those moments where I thought I was crazy for doing what I was doing…and then thinking things like, I will SO never do this again….there was a rush from being amidst the glory, the beauty, the danger that was…fun. 

And yes you can.  Can you take your trial and turn it into a blessing?

I know that sounds a little cliché.

But if you believe it then it’s really not.

So how about you?  Is there something in your life you fear that holds you back from living it to the fullest?  Are you holding on to control only to feel like you have none?

Climb that mountain.  Take one step at a time.  You’ll get there.  Perhaps you’ll even summit in the deadliest conditions but if you trust the One who made you, if you push that fear aside, if you follow the footsteps He has laid before you, you’ll eventually find yourself on the other side of the wind torn mountain with a spirit of joy that realizes, I made it. 

And it will be beautiful!

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.”  Proverbs 4:25 NIV.

Amen.

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