Well… it’s been a whirlwind of a summer, and I quite clearly haven’t gotten around to updating this blog in a long time. I have seen countless demonstrations of God’s grace over the past months and am confident I will see His good works continue through the upcoming quarter at UC Davis and on into eternity. After all, “… to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4:7 NASB). Why is grace on my mind in the first place?
Though my thoughts are somewhat jumbled at the moment, I can think of three main reasons for a grace-centric disposition. 1) I feel disappointed in myself that I have not dedicated the time to blogging my spiritual reflections for the past many weeks given that doing so strengthens my relationship with God and keeps me focused on things Heavenly. Thankfully, the Father’s grace tells me not to worry about my countless shortcomings. 2) I realize I will face many trials during the upcoming academic term, and a holy abundance of grace will prove invaluable during this period. 3) I have had several recent experiences that highlight God’s grace in allowing me to do the things I love (e.g. hiking, mountaineering) and not kill myself in the process! Here’s a very brief background on reason number three.
This blog demonstrates that I love hiking in the great outdoors and worshipping God in the process. Some would debate the theological basis and significance of what I feel is one of my spiritual “callings,” but I feel that the Father has guided me to pray over His people and Creation from the mountaintops. To these ends I had two primary adventures this summer. In light of God’s graciousness for brevity, the photos and captions will tell the rest of the story.
On the spur of the moment a few weeks ago I decided to climb the highest peak in my home state of Nevada, Boundary Peak, and release God’s power over the state through prayer in the process. (Photo: my campsite on the northwest ridge below Boundary Peak.)
The trip to Boundary Peak proved enjoyable, yet uneventful preparation for a trip I was planning for later in the summer. (Photo: Boundary Peak summit panorama.)
The trip planned for later in the summer? Kings Peak, the highest point in the state of Utah. In summary, the weather proved more tumultuous than expected on this journey resulting in incessant rain, snow, sleet and mild hypothermia. I did, however, feels God’s grace in abundance amidst the shivering and got to pray for all of thirty seconds on the summit of Kings Peak. The following day the skies cleared, allowing for a peaceful sighting of where I had been in all too turbulent of circumstances. (Photo: Henry’s Fork Basin with Kings Peak being the highpoint dead center.)
Ultimately, the highlight of my trip to Utah was seeing some early signs of fall color! (Photo: China Meadows Trail in Utah’s Uinta Mountains.)
Early autumnal joy… sporadic but still beautiful!
On the way back home to Reno I decided to take a detour through Park City. The canyon maples along Pine Canyon Drive were beginning to put on quite a show.
The aspens along the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway near Sundance were still largely green, yet a sight to behold nonetheless.
An early morning climb up Mount Timpanogos capped off an physically challenging and spiritually reinvigorating trip.
And as an added bonus… some fall color closer to home in the canyons outside Reno.
God is oh so graciously good!