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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
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.