‘Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test? But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test. Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved. For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete. ‘ 2 Corinthians 13:5-9
I just returned from my annual pilgrimage to the Rockies. I spent 10 days on the alpine slopes of southern Colorado. This is my reset every year. It is a time of isolation, free from distraction. A simple life, if only for a short time. I spend my days looking over some of the most spectacular scenery God has provided for our recreation. I sweat, toil and grind in pursuit of game. This solace and simplicity is an opportunity for spiritual exploration, mindful conversation with the Lord, in a way I find virtually unattainable in the hustle of my daily life. It is in these days that I find the most vivid accounts of self reflection. In these conversations, the Lord conveys to me areas and instances in which I have made Him proud. He strengthens me in the task at hand and illuminates areas in my life and character where He would see change. I am thankful for this time. I endeavor to remember these moments throughout the following year. I strive to apply the lessons He has delivered and be mindful of the areas of conviction He addressed. I feel invigorated, but I also am faced with the realization of just how short I fall in so many areas. I am nothing without Him, capable of nothing. Thank you Jesus for wanting to spend that time on the mountain with me, but also for being willing to come back down, from there, arm in arm.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
Not everyone has the opportunity to climb a literal mountain with Jesus. Not everyone takes the opportunity, if presented, as such. My challenge to all of you is to find a “mountain” and climb it with Jesus, immerse yourself in solitude with Him, and receive all that He has to offer you. Have a blessed weekend.
In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy