The Journey Begins

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” — Proverbs 3:5-6

Mount Mitchell, North Carolina

I cherish alone time with God. Even Jesus had to break away from the crowds and be by himself. I guess that’s why I like to take journeys.

It’s no secret that I often take spontaneous road trips to random destinations. This week I headed west. That’s it. Just west. “It’s the journey, not the destination,” I thought. Besides, I craved alone time with God. No crowds, just Him.

Proverbs 3:5-6 had been stuck on repeat in my mind for three straight days. What is God trying to show me? I had questions; He has the answers.

Three hours later, I reached the summit of Mount Mitchell, North Carolina, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. The abandoned parking lot brought forth a sigh of hopeful optimism. “This is perfect; now talk to me, Lord,” I whispered.

Silence.

I jotted down my observations while I waited for God to speak. It was eerily quiet. There were no birds crying out above the treetops, no traffic noise, not even leaves rustling in the gentle breeze.

In the distance to the southwest I saw Clingman’s Dome, Tennessee. Grandfather Mountain posed for me in the east. Houses sparsely dotted the landscape below. I quickly jotted my thoughts. “view, unobstructed, clear, pinnacle, peak, alone.” It made sense. “I get it. You’re showing me your omniscient perspective- You alone can see the big picture of my life.”

View from Mount Mitchell, North Carolina. Grandfather Mountain is the highest peak in the far background.

The Journey Down the Mountain

“17 Miles to empty.” I’d just descended to the park entrance when my mountaintop experience itself descended into fear and worry.

I spent the next 45 minutes in fervent prayer: “Lord, please let me make it to a gas station!”

As I crept into the nearest gas station, I was met with this message on the gas pump’s screen:

“Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:14”

“Jehovah-Jireh, The-Lord_Will_Provide,” I smiled.

How often do we long for a mountaintop experience with God, yet fail to realize He is right there with us in the valley, inviting us to just trust Him completely?

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