I love hiking because I get to see new things, be in the wild outdoors, and enjoy God’s creations. Since I’ve been focusing on the Sawtooth Wilderness in the last two exploring posts, I thought I would continue on that theme (I have lots of pretty pictures I have to use, right?).
Hiking clears your mind. It is a great way to unwind and get back on track. As a teen, I remember doing little lessons in my mind as I trudged along. It was easy to do, seeing symbolism in every small flower or rock I passed. God’s hand is visible in everything.
There are certain necessities to remember to take along with you on hikes. Just like a car needs fuel to run, so your body needs food to not get grumpy or sick. Here are my little rag-a-muffins doing the universal sign for “Give me a handout.”
There are times though, that even if you forget the snacks (which we never do), a scene like below will make you forget your hunger and grumpiness. This is how I picture heaven (minus bugs; I might allow ladybugs and butterflies, but that’s it).
I guess that’s why I like hiking. It is a preview of heaven. There have been a few occasions when a hike hasn’t thrilled me, and has been so taxing that it has been more like hell (forgetting water can do that; dehydration isn’t fun! My sister and I did that in our teens. I don’t recommend it).
But usually hiking is great! Be prepared with fuel and water…and a good camera to capture all the previews of heaven so you can remember them when you get home and life gets tough.
The best part of hiking is taking time to enjoy the views along the way. This is one of my favorite views in the Sawtooths!
Life is like that too. It’s easy to get so caught up in the mundane that we miss out on what can bring us joy along the way! So lift your eyes from the dusty path and focus on the beauties around you. Life is a hike. Enjoy it!
So what about you? What hikes have you done or places have you visited that left a lasting impression on you (your preview of heaven)? Please tell.
- Sawtooth Range – Camping in Heaven (joyinthemoments.com)