My dad once told me a story of men climbing Mt. Everest.  He explained that prior to the climb, they create a detailed plan concerning which course to take and exactly what to do with each step along the climb.  Coherent at the foot of the mountain, they realize that once they reach higher altitudes, their minds will dizzy from the thinning air and lack of oxygen.  They will hit unexpected struggles, becoming frenzied by panic and fear.  In the midst of the anxiety they will forget what is best, what is safest, and will most likely make harmful choices.  That’s why they have the map, the plan, the determined course, before they ever get in the middle of the mess.

In prayer this morning, I remember, my map, my plan, my commitment to let God direct my steps.  With a hot cup of coffee in hand, I shut my eyes and prayed the third step prayer:

God, I offer myself to Thee, to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt.  Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will.  Take away my difficulties that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help, of Thy power, Thy love, and Thy way of life.  May I do Thy will always.

It is easy to forget that we have high emotional altitudes as well, loneliness, grief, fear, anger, hurt, and pain.  Though they are all naturally part of the climb and perfectly normal in this business of living, we often lose ourselves in these places, forgetting the decision we made before feeling over taken by emotions.  Tempted by an easier softer way, we must refer to our map, that being refer to God.  He knows where each road leads.  He has already seen the views at the top and wants to show us such splendor.  He has carefully planned each step, stationing Angels at the jagged edges.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

Close your eyes.  You have reach a high emotional altitude.  The air is thin, confusion has covered the way like a snow storm.  However, within you there is a still small voice saying, “stay the course.  Stay the course, my love.”


—- Tyler Hayes

—- sending you love wherever you are in the world.