by: Brent Wood
We gave up. We took our plane tickets and flew to Montana to visit Glacier National Park instead. And we were there last Wednesday.
That was the day that we had chosen to hike the Highline Trail. If that trail is not familiar to you, let me describe it. It goes for 7 1/2 miles along a ridge about three-quarters of the way up the mountain - so you are way up there. Way, way up there. The views are incredible. But the trail isn't very wide - maybe 3-4 ft. in many places. And if you were to fall off the trail? It wouldn't be pretty. Go ahead and look closely at the picture provided above. Yep, that is pretty much a sheer wall straight down. Fortunately, they provided that cable for me to hang on to. Which I did.
Unfortunately the cable was only at the beginning - a great idea that some how seemed to be forgotten as the trail went on. In some places the drop-offs were just as steep (and higher), but you were on your own. Did I mention that in most places the trail was only 3-4 ft. wide? Yikes!
And did I mention that I have a pretty strong aversion to heights? I don't like them. Ok, we'll call just call it fear. That means that my hike was a terrifying experience - and yet, one of the most incredibly exhilarating things I've ever done, both at the same time. (BTW - it is an out-and-back trail, meaning I had to do the whole thing twice!) But I am so glad that I did it - and that I lived to tell about it!
Fear. It can get us all. It doesn't have to be a crazy hike through the clouds. Sometimes it can be a hard conversation. Sometimes it can be making a change in life. Sometimes it can be trying something new and unfamiliar. Sometimes it is simply putting yourself out there. Sometimes it can be admitting a failure or asking for help. But we all face fears. Yet fear doesn't have to stop us.
Paul says this to Timothy:
"For God hasn't given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
Moses said this to Joshua:
"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8)
How often does fear stop us - before we even get started. And as a result, we miss the exhilaration? So many times rewards are located just past the fears if we will only walk through them. And when we do - God will walk through them with you! So what fear do you need to hike through today? Go for it!
So about last Wednesday? What a hike!