Growing up in the Midwest, I had little experience with climbing mountains. I never challenged one of the occasional tall hills I’d see while traveling. One year, Glen and I took a trip to Europe, and during our stay in the Austrian Alps, we hiked up the ski mountain. We put on our best hiking shoes and showed up at the designated beginning site—a tall flight of stairs leading to the path.
Many people joined us for the hike. The guide said, “If you can make it up this steep flight of stairs, you can climb the mountain.” A woman from Italy showed up wearing a dress and high heeled sandals with open toes and heels. Obviously, she took one look at the stairs, turned around and went back to the hotel.
The view from the top of the mountain was worth the two-and-a-half hour challenging hike. Anymore steps might have been too much for my Iowa feet, and I might have turned back and missed the glorious sight of God’s creation.
One can feel a closer presence of God on a mountain. However, we need to look for mountain-top experiences each day in all that we do. You will find God—even while wearing improper shoes.
Lord, give us a view of you through all our mountain-top experiences. Amen.