In the fall of 2011, I paid a visit to one of my aunts who lives in Colorado Spring. One day we decided to make the trek up Pikes Peak. I'd never been up there but I remember once when my husband and I had been in Colorado, I'd decided to prowl about in our rental car while my husband was attending a training workshop. He was in Colorado on business whereas I was there for fun.
Knowing me, my husband had issued a stern warning back then that I was, under no circumstances supposed to attempt to drive up Pikes Peak or else!!!!!! I decided that I did not what to find out what "else" might be so I contented myself with exploring less exciting roads.
This time though, my husband was safely back in MN and I was not in a rental car. In fact, I wasn't even driving. My aunt was and she had driven up Pikes Peak before so I was game when she made the suggestion.
Now I should probably say that heights aren't exactly my favorite thing. In fact, I don't even like climbing ladders. Still, generally heights don't bother me if I am enclosed in something like a car or an airplane. I didn't realize that when you drive up Pikes Peak, there are times when you cannot see beyond the hood of your car and it looks like you are going to go over a cliff and plunge to your death. That's probably because you ARE about to go over a cliff and plunge to your death but that is beside the point.
I grew quieter and quieter as we made our ascent. I tried to put on a brave front but in reality, I was praying that God would keep his hand on us despite the fact that we had voluntarily gotten ourselves into our present situation. My aunt commented on how calm I was. Sigh... well... I confessed the truth and she chuckled at me. She'd felt the same way the first time she went up the mountain.
Looks can be deceiving. While it might have looked to me like we were about to drive over the edge of a cliff on occasions, we weren't. We were safe... as long as we followed the road.
There are times when God will lead us on some rather narrow, twisty paths that are little more than rocky dirt trails along the side of a mountain. As we attempt to peer ahead, we suddenly cannot see the trail and it looks like we are about to plunge over the edge. We forget that God knows exactly what He is doing and it is nothing for Him to navigate even the most challenging curves in our lives.
Earlier today, I read a blog which was based on Psalm 37. Verse five jumped out at me.
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him and he will help you. Psalm 37:5 (NLT)
We talk a great deal about committing everything to God and trusting him but do we really do it? Tonight I've placed the words of this verse where I can see them so that I might remember them. There is no path that God cannot navigate and I need to trust Him... no matter what!
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Great blog K! You almost want to hold your breath just THINKING about that drive!! I love the part where you say: I was praying that God would keep his hand on us despite the fact that we had voluntarily gotten ourselves into our present situation...how often do we do that right? Wonderful lesson- thanks!