Get ready to move.

Below are some photos that my friend Austin took of Kimby and I while we hiked Monday morning. My friends had never done this hike before and I’d only done it twice. It’s definitely not an easy one, but OH, is it worth it. The view at the top makes you feel like you are literally on top of the world. You feel unstoppable and incredible. You are completely surrounded by crisp mountain air, vivid colors in the trees, and innumerable mountain peaks, many of which are still covered in snow.
Today, as I was describing this hike to my mom and dad (since they haven’t conquered it yet but soon they will!), I was mentioning how you have to go up lots of switchbacks that are uphill climbs for the majority of the hike. It takes a good hour and a half to two hours to make it to the top! Well, what you think is the top. Since my friends had never done the hike before, they certainly thought that right where we had ended up was the final destination. The stopping point. The reward. And I certainly did too, the first time I had reached that spot. The “top” that we were standing at was where most of these pictures were taken. It’s incredible, don’t get me wrong, but then I told them, “Guys, we aren’t even to the peak yet.” Kimby couldn’t believe it (especially because we had just used every ounce of our energy and now there was more!?!?). I reassured her that it was going to be worth it and that the panoramic view from up at the real top was 10 times better. And it was.
But besides a description of a hike, isn’t that a wonderful representation of what God wants for us? Don’t you realize that when you think you’ve hit the top, He has greater plans for you? Or even if you feel like you’ve hit the bottom; if you’re at the very bottom of the mountain, just in the valley. You look up and you have to squint to see the peak. And you think to yourself, “There’s no way I’m going to make it up there.” And God looks at you and says, “Not for you, but for Me. Come with Me.”
And you work everyday to climb that mountain. You wake up, you eat, you work, you sweat, you smile, you hurry, you cry, you talk, you cook, and you go to sleep. You try your very best not to give up, but sometimes you have to throw it down and just take a break (Trust me, I get that…I’ve decided not to tell you how many breaks we took while climbing…). And God sees you. You get back up and persevere and then FINALLY you reach a stopping point. A point where all around the view is beautiful and you think to yourself, “Well, this is pretty good. I’ll stop here.”
But God speaks, “Not yet.” However, not all of us hear that. It’s hard for us to believe that He could actually have something greater in store for us, something beyond our imaginations. That’s because we aren’t God and we aren’t capable of what He is. I believe that is why many of us get stuck in a rut. Stuck in a daily, monotonous routine and we think that it is what we are meant to do. We feel like we have to just put up with it. Get over it. We get stuck at the spot where Kimby and Austin thought was the top. It’s good, it’s okay, but He has something BETTER.
Would you just believe that today? Would you just believe that maybe where you are at right now is a false peak? Or if you’re in a valley right now, remember that God lets us spend time there so we will appreciate the beauty at the peak. Believe that God has such great things in store for you. Reach out to Him and He will reach out to you. Remember that His ways are evermore than our little human ones. Take His hand. Let Him lead today. Because maybe you’re stuck thinking that this is all He wants for you.
But maybe He’s just waiting for you to be ready to move.

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