Whenever I travel to Knotty Pine and Big Pine National Forest, I have found several similarities between hiking the trails there and my daily walk with God. I'd like to share with you something of what I have learned.
The Shady Mountains and the Rockies in general inspire wonder and awe whether seen from an airplane high in the sky or from ground level driving along on a highway. But you can't experience the power, the overwhelming size, and the beautiful details of these marvelous creations of the Master Designer until you hike a mountain trail. You will probably get hot and tired, thirsty and achy. But you will see and hear and feel things that will help you know that God is real and is the all-powerful creator.
There are dangers in traveling these trails and in life's trail - of forgetting and taking for granted. When we are thrilled with creation we can forget His love for us in Jesus our Savior. We can begin to take His many blessings for granted. Then in our pains and in the rush of our daily activities we can forget God's love and power and Jesus.
The disciples saw "no one but Jesus" on the mount of Jesus' transfiguration. We daily need a faith conscious of Jesus and what He has done for us on Calvary. Then we can rest and be renewed in the love of God, who promises to use His power to protect us as we travel life's trail.