Scene 1 – We arrived at Rocky Mountain National Park in the early afternoon. The ranger said the conditions up on the mountain were getting serious with one hundred mile per hour winds and ground blizzards. He told us to be careful and perhaps the snowplows would not be able to keep the roads clear. We thanked him and headed on up into the high country confident that it would not get worse.
At the trail head we strapped on our snowshoes and headed for Bierstadt Lake. It was only 2 miles away. We hiked along in someone else’s tracks until we came to nothingness. No tracks. No trail blazes. Only snow. We looked behind us and even our own tracks were being blown full. Even though we had our GPS with us, it was impossible for us to go forward without some path to follow. It reminds me of the verse in the Bible in 1 John 2:6, “He that says he abides in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
Jesus doesn’t ask us to blaze our own trail. He has already made the path for us, making it possible and easier for us to follow. All we have to do is find His path and walk in it.
Scene 2 – We were in the cabin after a day of climbing at high altitude in deep snow. If you want to know what maximum heart rate is, just do that for a few hours. You’ll know. Anyway, we were putting together a puzzle that we found at the cabin. It was a puzzle of a church in the woods. We all started slapping pieces together and then we discovered one or two pieces were missing. Some of the group gave up, feeling the puzzle was impossible to put together with missing pieces. Which, of course, it was. But I sat there looking at the church. In all our best efforts to build it, there are pieces that are humanly impossible to finish. It will take a miracle of God. God does not want us to give up, in spite of how impossible it may be looking at times. He can find the missing pieces or recreate them if need be. He has simply asked us to keep doing what we can to build up His kingdom. We need to remember the verse that says, “…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16-18. He will do it.
Scene 3 – When one goes snowshoeing, the one essential thing to carry, along with survival gear, is a good camera. We had three of them. My friend Kathy had a brand new digital camera that was a Christmas gift to her husband. It had special features for taking pictures in the snow. Kathy had taken lots of blizzard pictures and we were so happy to have them. Who would believe us if not for a picture? After the second day of hiking, we arrived back at the trailhead. We were hungry, tired, and thrilled to death. We had climbed the heights, went to the end of the trail, pushed our bodies to the limits, and the guys had kept up with us the whole day! We had seen a triple rainbow sundog, which was a new record (previously, only a single having been recorded by any of us). We had managed to find an unmarked “locals” trail and had wandered through deep woods and deep snow all day long. We had lots of cool pictures.
Kathy was taking off her gear and placed her camera absentmindedly on the roof of the car. I do not recommend this. We drove off and the camera was lost. It must have made someone’s day extra special! Kathy could have been upset. Her husband could have been mad. In stead, the verse came to mind, “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” We all actually enjoyed the rest of the trip, even though we were sorry to have lost some very nice pictures.
God does work all things together for good and we decided that some family must have needed that camera because no one turned it in to the ranger station. Often we tend to get mad or upset about things we can’t do anything about. God could have given the camera back. He does have us covered. For some reason He did chose not to so far. He did give Kathy and her husband a wonderful attitude and made them a witness of peace and trust.
Snowshoeing Lessons Learned:
1. Jesus blazed the trail for us, all we have to do is follow.
2. God will do the impossible as we keep pressing on.
3. We can have peace and joy along the way, no matter what happens.