How to Climb a Mountain

How to Climb a Mountain

I just got back from hiking Pike’s Peak with a Summit Leaders team.

The last mile up the mountain was brutal. The oxygen gets pretty thin at about 13,000ft. To top it all off, a storm rolled in and it started sleeting.

Then snowing.

Then hurricane force winds.

I stopped, looked to heaven and said, “For real God? What the heck? Is it going to rain on every hike I do from now on?”

You see, my last four major trips we’ve gotten sleeted, snowed and wind-blasted upon. It’s getting old.

At that moment I knew I had only one option. I had to keep walking.

The past year has been pretty challenging. Lots of wild “weather.”

But here’s what I think my experience on the mountain this weekend reiterated in my life:

Only God controls the weather. And he does control it. He gets to decide what falls on us. I have no control over my surroundings. But I can keep walking up the mountain.

Our whole team made it to the summit. We all weathered the storm.

I’m starting to think the folks who climb highest in this life are the ones who realize they can’t control the weather, but they can keep walking.

Every mountain has a summit. If you just keep walking, step-by-step, inch-by-inch, you’ll get there eventually.


Whatever the Lord pleases, he does,
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and all deeps.

He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth,
who makes lightnings for the rain
and brings forth the wind from his storehouses.

Psalm 135:6-7