It was 1980 and I was riding in an old Dodge fifteen passenger van heading out to the Big Horn Mountains in Ten Sleep, Wyoming which was 850 miles from my hometown in St. Paul, Minnesota.
It was my first trip out west and the first time I would experience mountains. I was traveling with a group of volunteer youth workers on a ten day trip during Christmas Break for some much needed R&R.
Because I had never been in the mountains, I requested that someone wake me up when we arrived in the mountains. A fellow traveler said to me;
“We are already in the mountains; in fact we have been in them for the past half hour or so.”
Convinced that I wasn’t really missing much looking out the window, I laid my head back into the head rest and tried to focus on the conversations in the van.
In a short time, we arrived at Deer Haven Lodge and unpacked our gear into our cabins, and proceeded to go to sleep. The next morning, we ate our food, packed our backpacks with enough food to be gone until dinner, and headed out for our day trip.
We spent the day hiking and talking and looking for wild life. I was young and single and probably was distracted by the ratio of three women to every two guys.
I think that part of why I don’t always see Him is because much like driving in the mountains, it is easy for me to be distracted by life in the foothills as I get used to my religious, mediocre relationship with God.
Sometimes, even when I am “in the mountains” I lose perspective of where I am really and who He is as my problems and complaints and sense of entitlement block me from seeing Him.
Hey, did you know that it is possible to block out seeing the entire Big Horn Mountains by simply holding a quarter over your eye?
It is at those times when I need God to help me to take a step back or to go up higher to fully realize just how magnificent He really is. And when He does, it sometimes feels as though I just came upon a huge mountain range and I am overwhelmed by His goodness and just how wonderful He is!
Have you lost your view of the vastness of Him as you’ve focused too much on your problems instead of who He is? Then today I have good news for you. This same God who created the Big Horn Mountains wants to overwhelm you with His love!
You simply need to ask and He will do; I guarantee it. That is what the whole death, burial, and resurrection is all about. If it was simply to forgive us of our sins, then why would we stay living here after we surrendered our hearts to Him?
It’s really up to you. Today you too can be overwhelmed by Him.