"Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed- not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence- continuing to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." Phillipians 2:12-13
As of late, I have been struggling to see any spiritual fruit in my life. There are many reasons I can think of that explains why the spiritual well feels dry (laziness being one of them). But what really saddens me is I cannot see, hear, or feel the spirit moving. When this happens, I am stagnant. Life is different. What's worst, when I am living differently, I fail to see the Lord's work around me. And since I'm a visual person, this is very discouraging for me.
But the Lord is faithful! Yes he is.
While in Colorado for family vacation, I was hoping for rejuvenation. I was hoping for something special. And sure enough, it came. But not through the mountains, rivers, or valleys...no. Not through the fun and fellowship of friends and family while climbing, hiking, or fishing...no. It was through my best bud, Sean Moore, who emailed me from Haiti and shared a few words of wisdom with me. I immediately felt a kindling in my heart...and my faith began to feel stronger.
"Simply this. That God's purposes are not thwarted by our humanity, however weak and wayward it may be. That He works in us and through us and, more often than not, in spite of us. That he works with us, as a gardener works with his garden. Lifting, pruning, watering, weeding. Whatever it takes to bring it to fruition. Or however long it takes." -Ken Gire-
Thank you brother Sean! Thanks for the timely words. There is fruit in me. Despite my humanity, despite my condition, God continues to pursue me and cultivate me...no matter how long it takes!
Who: Hardin Family, Gilbert Family, Reyes-Ortiz Family, and Pasquels!
When: July 3-7, 2014
Where: Estes Park, CO
Activities: Climbing, Hiking, Fishing, Sight Seeing, and a lot of fun.
We arrived to Longmont after a 12.5 hour drive from home. We set up camp at St. Vrain State Park and headed into town to eat dinner and have a few (root) beers...
Pasquel family arrived in Estes Park and climbed Lilly Mountain. We spent most of the day enjoying/acclimating to about 8000' while rock climbing.
Hike to Mills Lake to fish and hang out.
Round trip hike: 6 miles
Elevation gain: 700'
Big time memories for me so far:
-Hannah climbing 5.8
-Kids hiking 6 miles
-Me fishing with the girls (which never happen)
great start to ur trip.
Part II up next...