“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I…” (Psalm 61:2b)
There is perhaps no greater sense of joy and satisfaction than that found when one is standing on top of a hill or mountain that you have labored long and hard to climb. I remember feeling this, for one, as an exchange student in Norway, following a guide with fellow International Summer School students from the University of Oslo along a steep but well-travelled trail to the top of a famous mountain in the Jotenheimen National Park that country called Besseggen (literally meaning “dragon’s edge”). It took us two days to reach the summit (which, in fairness, was more like a wide plateau) but it was nevertheless an impressive feat (at least for me), and to this day is the highest mountain I’ve ever climbed. There were many challenges along the way (not the least of which was my fear of heights!), and it’s a feat I would be hard pressed to do today, but I wouldn’t trade that original experience for anything!
My hope and prayer is that you will join me and many, many others as we together take a journey “climbing higher” in our faith and in our relationship with God. Always remember that God loves you and I do, too!
(Reprinted from the blog of Rev. Dr. Brian Germano, East Cobb United Methodist Church, 2325 Roswell Road)