This past weekend's hike took us to Norvin Green State Forest in Bloomingdale, NJ. Beautiful country in Northwestern NJ. "The Book" (I got a new and improved one and tossed the old one!) suggested a 5.8 mile moderate to strenuous hike that would take about four and a half hours. Since it was a bit strenuous, we decided to leave Lucy at home. Very smart move. They weren't kidding when they said strenuous. And it wasn't "a bit" strenuous. The ups and downs were expected. The huge rocks we had to climb were not. Not five minutes into the hike, we encountered boulders. Lucy would have had a tough time.
The high point (if you'll excuse the pun) of the hike was the Wyanokie "Hi-Point," a spot that was somewhat difficult to get to, definitely something Lucy would not have been able to maneuver, but the views were spectacular! 360 degree vista, and you could see the New York City skyline, some 50 or so miles away.
|The Wyanokie Reservoir and the NYC Skyline in the distance|
|Decided to take a "selfie" at the top of the vista|
Then, suddenly, this scripture popped into my head. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights (Ps 18:33).
Empowered by my fresh infusion of faith, I soldiered on...until I got to this boulder which had to be climbed. There you see Brian at the top, having conquered his obstacle. I decided to use my new faith, for scripture says, If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you (Matt 17:20-21).
It didn't work.
I said, "MOVE" in my most authoritative voice, and it didn't. Maybe it was because I didn't say, "Move from here to there." I didn't actually give it a specific place to move to. Mountains are kind of stupid that way. Or maybe I didn't say, "MOVE in the name of Jesus!" Whatever the case, the mountain is still there. On the positive side, I did conquer it. Maybe that's what it's all about. Conquering. Conquering my fear of falling off the edge. Conquering the obstacles that get in our way. Telling the obstacle to literally move most likely won't work. But telling yourself that with the power of God, you will overcome the obstacle...well then, you've conquered it, and essentially, it has been moved.
...we are more than conquerors through him who loved us...nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Rom 8:37 & 35).
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the hike tomorrow when I look for a loose whale. Yes, you read that correctly...a loose whale. To be continued.
Blessings Along the Path as you overcome and conquer!