I have been climbing mountains for quite sometime now. So far, I have been able to climb three mountains and each time has been a truly exhilarating experience. It is because of those experiences that I want to share the things I learned with you.
First Lesson: Hands
During the climb, you will never know what you will be facing. It may be a steep, rocky, or narrow path. But whatever path you take, it is always comforting to know that there are hands that are more than willing to extend help when you find it too tough to go on. I remember, during one hike when one of our group members tripped and felt a stinging pain on her foot. Unfortunately, none of us knew how to deal with the situation. Thankfully, someone from another ahead of us did. She did not hesitate to stop and help out our group member.
I believe it is the same with our lives. We should never be stingy in offering a helping hand to someone who needs it the most. Maybe there is someone in your family who you need to reach out to. A friend may be going through the toughest moment of his life. Always be on the lookout for someone who might be in need of help.
Second Lesson: Held
Some parts of the trek will be difficult. But notice how amazing it is that that nature provides things that we can hold on to to assist us during the climb such as trees, sturdy plants, and roots. In my experience so far, I can’t imagine climbing or descending the steep parts of these mountains without the trees for me to hold on to.
This is the same with our lives. When things get tough or a downfall seems inevitable, remember that there is always something that you can hold onto — and that is God. If we remain in Him, we will bear much fruit, for without Him, we cannot do anything. (John 15:5). Life can surely get rough at times, but if you just keep holding onto your faith, and life’s promises, you will get through.
Last Lesson: High
The goal in climbing is, of course, to reach the summit. The highest peak I have reached so far is at 811 feet. It was not easy getting there and I had to go through a lot before finally reaching the summit.
Let’s face it: life is not always a breeze. You have to go through numerous trials and challenges, and this is all a part of life. Some can be handled easily, others are just plain difficult to deal with. But if you are patient enough to go through those, and keep holding onto your faith: with the help and grace of God in your life, you can surely move mountains, (Matthew 21:21) and you will soar high like the eagle. (Isaiah 40:31)
And the best part? Once you reach the summit, you just can’t help but keep your HANDS HELD HIGH…as a sign of thanksgiving for keeping you safe and enabling you to witness His marvelous creation like never before.