DSCF1563Speaking of God’s majestic creation, I wanted to share one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been. I have traveled to a lot of places hiking. I have hiked in the Grand Canyon, Pike’s Peak, the Appalachian Trail, and Sedona but none of these in my opinion compare to the challenge of Grandfather Mountain Trail.

I wanted to show a few of the highlights. When the trail guide read strenuous, they were not exaggerating. I actually would add a special disclaimer concerning one particular part of the trail. I called this area The Razor’s Edge. My buddy Matt was with me and when we got to this section my mouth dropped. We had already been hiking over boulders, climbing ladders, and pulling ourselves up using cables. It was the roughest terrain that I have ever been on. I thought that it had to get easier at some point. Boy was I wrong! It didn’t get easier. It just got different! 6 hours of different!

In front of us appeared a steep rise of nothing but jagged rocks. They went up at about a 45 degree angle. No ladder or cables to help us. I have no trouble hiking long distances on regular trails, but this one scared the daylights out of me. It had been raining and the rocks were extremely slick. I have to admit I thought twice about turning around but the goal was still ahead beyond that razor’s edge. So we moved onward. I have to admit that Matt handled this much better than I did, but slowly we both made our way up and over that challenge.  Matt’s approach looked just a whole lot more graceful than mine.

Now isn’t life like that. We have a goal in life. Trying to win the prize. It is before us, but we get scared when things seem to be getting too tough. We can give up and go back but what do we lose in the process? We miss out on accomplishing the goal and we may miss out on some blessings. Life can stop us dead in our tracks but with each other’s help and ultimately God’s help, we can make it over any obstacle.

The rewards of this challenge on the mountain was some of the most beautiful views that I have seen. We were literally sitting in the clouds on top of the peak.

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2 Comments »

  1. Ahhhh…man, it was a blast, wasn’t it? I’m still sore! But that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done/saw! And we came through it unscathed! (mostly). Praise God for that! Here’s to doing it again, and dragging Marcello to the top!

  2. that does look like a lot of fun. I am also learning that when we are going through a tough time…or about to go through obstacles, we cant stop because maybe through these obstacles, God may be testing us and our faith. In the long-run, God’s got some great things ahead. The obstacles just make the final prize seem out-of-this-world.

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