This is not where I am right now, but this could be a place I want to be.

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“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” –John Muir

 

I have never been at Crested Butte on the Schofield Pass, but my brother and his wife have. Two mountain-loving people took these photos. We fondly call them– D & D, and their passion is to explore the West.

In my best moments I sit in awe of  photos like these, but I am not there. In my worst…I think “if only” and then I would be at peace. But my peace is not only found in climbing mountains.

Instead I must find peace in the midst of troubles. I need to live in it and live through it. I don’t think I am alone when I share this. It’s a struggle to be in a place that continually hurts. How can we go on when we are without direction, without love, or in physical pain, or in the deepest grief?

It’s hard work to lay down daily stress if we work at it ourselves.

So don’t work at it.

Don’t focus on it.

Leave the latest news in our country to rest.

Here is a place to meet God. Right here where you are…now.

He is not only in mountains where peace seems to be. We can meet Him in all places that seem most common…

on our way to work,

in the grocery store,

crying alongside a friend in grief,

in loss of a home or job,

or with toddlers on the loose,

in the ordinary everyday…because that is most of life.

We can see God in a smile, a pause, in music, in the most unexpected (which some call coincidence).

Jim Elliott said in a profound quote–“Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living.”

We all must live now, as everyone else, and not hope for a different life. Peace and restlessness do not get on together.

Shut out the noise around you so all you hear is God in a bird song, leaves rustling on a tree, a ticking clock, or a waterfall.

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What are men (compared) to rocks and mountains?” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”–John Muir

 

He is the Lasting Peace and if you can’t find him, just be still…pause…

He will meet you where you are.

 

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