Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"Ain't no mountain high enough"

It was February 15, 2000, when my husband and I got up early to do this bike ride adventure on our honeymoon in Maui. Our tour began with a very early hotel pickup and a van tour to the summit of Haleakala. Upon arrival at the summit we were escorted by our GUIDE to the crater rim, to view the spectacular sunrise. Even though our GUIDE prepared us by telling us prior to our trip to dress in layers, it was a great moment for us newlyweds to cuddle nice and close to stay warm because it was FREEZING! At 6,700 foot level our GUIDE fitted us to our bicycles, and gave us yellow rain jackets and pants for more warmth. Shortly after telling us the rules, our GUIDE led us down our 28 mile ride down the slopes and turns of Haleakala!! (Weeeee!) I loved it of course and I was right in front with our GUIDE. Marty being the “cautious one” was cruising rather carefully behind me. The ride was scary at moments, for example you don’t ever want to apply only your front brakes, you might just tip over and hurt yourself pretty bad! Our GUIDE picked a breakfast stop for us half way through and we had belgian waffles with strawberries, whipped cream and a view of a beautiful garden. After breakfast we finished our ride through the sugar cane and pineapple fields and ended at the beach!
How awesome it was!
So why do I share this story with you??
To encourage you to see that sometimes we have to face and climb mountains in life that are scary but I encourage you to remember this scripture when you feel like giving up.

Psalms 121 (NLT)
I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the LORD
who made heaven and earth!
He will not let you stumble
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
The LORD himself watches over you!
The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day
nor the moon at night.
The LORD keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

I know I wouldn’t have done this ride of Haleakala without a “GUIDE” so that leads me to the reason of this story…what really makes you think you want to go thru LIFE without a GUIDE? JESUS! If you’re facing a mountain (divorce, drug addiction, trouble at work, having a hard time with a child) try taking your focus off the mountain and place your focus in your GUIDE.

I pray this short story touches your heart and leads you to your FREE GUIDE in life…Jesus Christ, Amen.

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