Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mountains bring perspective

Horn Peak is a magnificent looking mountain in the midst of the Sangre De Cristo range of southwest Colorado. I have summitted this 13,487 foot mountain four times as of last week. It is a grueling climb with some challenging rock scrambling above tree line from a false peak to the summit.

The picture below was taken by a group of climbers ascending the mountain behind us (my wife, two older sons, and myself) last Tuesday. Look how small we are!!

This picture below brings even more perspective on how small we really are.

The man who took these pictures of us at the summit reflected on a poignant quotation from Francis Schaeffer-

"And as I walked I looked up at the Dents with their swirling mists so high above me. I thought how our dear Lord comes into more proper perspective in our thinking in such a place as this - for the higher the mountains, the more understandable is the glory of Him who made them and who holds them in His hand. But the other side is also true: man also comes into his proper place. As the Lord gains in greatness, in comparison to the mountains, so man diminishes.

As it is with space, it is also true of time. My letters from here go to so many countries, and in these last few years I have found friends in many of them. As I have learned the history of these lands, from those who tell the history from their hearts, time has come to mean something different to me than it ever did before, when time was measured only by the short scope of the hurrying clock or cold dates on a page of the history book. But as time falls into its proper place, again God seems to grow greater by comparison, and again it has the opposite effect on man. As the mountains shrink him down to size, so also does time."

HT: Andrew Caudal

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

The majesty of His magnificent creation! “As the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth.” Proverbs 8:25 As small as you all seemed on top, as high as a mighty mountain, He surrounds about His people!”