You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth … Your formed the mountains by your power and armed yourself with mighty strength. Psalm 65: 5-6
I’m a member of “The Thirty Percent Club.” One of the 30% of visitors to Mount McKinley (now Denali) who actually see the towering mountain peak instead of the clouds that usually shroud it from view. Alaska summers are often drenched with rain, and McKinley is so massive that it creates its own weather. Which is why I went in April of 2005 to celebrate my August birthday.
Denali is the highest mountain in North America. Denali National Park covers 6 million acres filled with wildlife, boundless lands and unmatched tranquility in its vast wilderness. The park is located in the Alaskan Range about 170 miles southwest of Fairbanks. In spite of being remote, a whopping 425,000 people make the trip every year trying to catch a glimpse of one of the greatest mountain peaks in the world.
Even though odds are against a clear view of the peak, people still come, waiting and hoping for a break in the clouds so they can fill their eyes with the most grand and glorious mountain in the United States.
We all need glimpses of such greatness because we live so much of our lives consumed by annoying minutiae. We become overwhelmed by a thousand little problems, frustrations and personal roadblocks that keep us from living on a higher, more satisfying level. A much needed vacation and a glimpse of a mighty mountain can certainly bring some temporary relief to our souls. Spending time with the One that formed Denali with His hands, and filling our eyes and hearts with a fresh gaze at Him can bring relief that will last a lifetime.
I don’t know about you, but I look forward to setting aside my problems and concerns long enough to fill my thoughts with His greatness as often as possible. Our God is a mighty God. Hallelujah! Give Him the chance to clear the clouds in your mind, because we need to see Him.