09 Jun Why Colorado?
I remember hearing Nick talk about his family trips out to Colorado. They would road trip from home, find a good spot to camp, and would stay in tents for as long as his dad could manage to take off from work. They’d catch fish and make simple foods over campfires. They were some of the best vacations he could remember.
When we moved back to the US after living in Hong Kong for five years, we were ready for a complete change in lifestyle. We had done the busy city life for too long (prior to Hong Kong we worked in Manhattan New York and lived across the Hudson in Jersey City).
We came back with 2 young kids, ready to embrace fresher air, bigger spaces, less crowds, and more time.
We didn’t realize how pivotal this move would be for us. Time – real, quality time – was a treasure that we uncovered, something we didn’t know how much we missed until we had it within our grasp.
We had been planning a Colorado trip while we were still in Hong Kong even before we finished our moving arrangements. Within a month of our return to the Midwest, we headed out for a 2 week road trip with Nick’s parents as our guides.
I was a first-timer. I didn’t know what to expect, and frankly, I’m not a “nature person.” I can admire the beauty of the wilderness, but I don’t crave to be in it like Nick does. So I thought, “well, this will be fun but I’m sure I’ll be glad to get home.”
Well. The mountains in Colorado rocked my world. I remember being on a hike with Nick while his parents watched our boys at our campsite. First of all, the campsite was out of this world gorgeous. We were the only people there on a sweet meadow, with mountains to either side of us and a little creek running 20 feet away from our tent.
But that hike. I remember after going up for about 30 minutes, taking a break and seeing the most unbelievable view. Breathtaking. Huge towering mountains as far as the eyes could see. Dense forests of tall spruce, that stretched for hundreds of miles. Waterfalls, rivers, lakes, birds, clouds, sky. The magnitude was unlike anything I had ever experienced before.
And at that moment, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit fill my heart. Tears came to my eyes, and I couldn’t stop thinking of God and praising Him in all his splendor and glory.
My Lord, my God, created all this with a word spoken from His mouth. How small I am!
And yet, this same God who spoke mountains into being, loves me and wants to have a deep and personal relationship with me. In fact, the Word (Jesus) came and died for me because he loves me so.
He calls me more precious than all these beautiful mountains and spruces and waterfalls and rivers. He sets me above those.
I wrote on my Facebook post: “I wasn’t prepared to love Colorado this much but at some point on our hike, Nick and I sat down and took in the immensity and glory of God’s creation, stretching for endless miles around us. It was then I began to realize how important it was to regularly retreat to these places where we’re reminded of how little we truly are, and yet how deeply we are loved.”
How glorious! Thank you Lord!
And so we started to dream… (to be continued)