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Mountains Come With Valleys

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Mountains & Valleys

I’d be lying if I told you our move is easy and the new life we have chosen is easier than the one we lived in Oregon.

I heard a song this morning about praising God while climbing mountains and praising God while walking through the valleys and it struck me.

We are right where He wants us.

Montana, for us, is all about extremes.

You know how we are, we settle for little and long for the road less traveled.

On Dan Fogelberg’s “Netherlands” album the title song has lyrics that first spoke to me when I was in high school.

“High on this mountain

The clouds down below

I'm feeling so strong and alive

From this rocky perch

I'll continue to search

For the wind

And the snow

And the sky

I want a lover

I want some friends

And I want to live in the sun

And I want to do all the things that I

Never have done.

Sunny bright mornings

And pale moonlit nights

Keep me from feeling alone

Now, I'm learning to fly

And this freedom is like

Nothing that I've ever known

I've seen the bottom

And I've been on top

But mostly I've lived in between

And where do you go

When you get to the end of

Your dream?

Off in the nether lands

I heard a sound

Like the beating of heavenly wings

And deep in my brain

I can hear a refrain

Of my soul as she rises and sings

Anthems to glory and

Anthems to love and

Hymns filled with early delight

Like the songs that the darkness

Composes to worship the light.

Once in a vision

I came on some woods

And stood at a fork in the road

My choices were clear

Yet I froze with the fear

Of not knowing which way to go

One road was simple

Acceptance of life

The other road offered sweet peace

When I made my decision

My vision became my release.”

That last line starting with “Once in a vision I came on some woods” is so rich for me right this minute.

None of us know where the road we take will lead us.

We each have a fork in the road…we can accept where we are at or we can take the rocky road that leads to sweet peace.

But remember it is a rocky, less traveled path but in the end your vision will become your release.

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