“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” -Psalm 46:10.
I have climbed two mountains in my life, and they have both been some of the hardest/best experiences of my life.
In 2012, my best friend Madison, her grandmother, and I climbed Mount Pisgah in Vermont (by the way, if that sounds familiar its probably because it’s the name of a mountain in the Bible too; cool right?!). It was my first time ever doing it and it was physically challenging and somehow emotionally freeing all at the same time. I had just had a bunch of life changes at the time and I felt like while I was literally climbing that mountain, I was finally figuratively climbing to the top of the mountain of craziness in my life. I got to the top and it was like everything I had gone through, and every tough time had been worth it because here I was, standing on top of the world. I did not know Jesus at the time, but I felt a strong presence of peace with me. I know He was there, enjoying the beauty with me back then and celebrating the hurdles I had overcome to get to that point.
In 2015, I was lucky enough to climb another mountain again with Madison, her grandmother, and another friend, Katie. This time we went to New Hampshire and climbed Mount Willard. It was GORGEOUS. Honestly, not only was the view even better but I felt more alive because I KNEW that God was there with me. I literally felt his presence constantly during the entire hike all the way up to the top and back.
As we were going up, something caught my eye. In a slight patch of sunlight, clear as day, was a perfect little cross made out of two pieces of wood (pictured below). It kind of blew my mind how perfect it was, and I immediately felt like this was a sign from God of a reminder that He was with me once again. How beautiful, and comforting, and amazing this was. It’s hard to really explain what it felt like, because it was so much more than my words can say.
We do not ONLY experience Christ in the church setting. We can experience Him ANYWHERE at ANYTIME. I am not saying do not go to church, but we should never believe that Jesus only belongs in the church. Christ was separated from God during His crucifixion so that we would never, ever, ever have to be separated from Him. Like ever.
He is with us always. Up on a mountain, or in a church pew, or in your car, or on the floor of your bathroom as you wipe away tears. He is with us. & man, what a beautiful thing that is.