So let me ask it again: Where do you go to get inspired, to get your tank re-filled, to get wind back in your sails?
For me, a Top 10 list is coming to mind, and what jumps out right away at No.1 is…Trail 401.
For some reason, I think more clearly there. For many years I have biked down this trail in Crested Butte, Colorado. Right above Gothic Pass, you have to push your bike up this single-track trail. After an aggressive stretch through a meadow, you emerge through some trees and you can see the trail wind down below through the bowl at the top of the mountain. You can see for miles down the valley to Crested Butte. On the other side, if you climb a little higher, you can see the Maroon Bells.
I have had many great moments with friends and with God at the top of that trail. I came to somewhat of a peace with the loss of my parents there. I have caught ideas and thoughts up there regarding my future and often, for whatever reason, I just feel closer to God and more in His presence on that mountaintop.The trail winds through open rock fields as it descends from above timberline, through aspen forests, creeks and springs, through abandoned cabins and meadows of wild flowers. You ride through a stream and weave around dense pine forests. Some of the real beauty is grown down in the valley, but the view from up high is hard to beat.Then, there is the time to unwind in Crested Butte, to connect with friends over nachos and a drink, to meet new people and remember the many times I have sensed God’s presence there.
Determining how to bring back the energy and clarity I get there is always a challenge, but it is critical because, for now, I still live the day-to-day, in the flatlands. I have to remind myself often about the whispers of God in the in some of those holy places…remembering those times when I was stirred and inspired. I believe I will eventually fade or spiritually die if I lose sight of those mountaintops, and the same is likely true for you.
Decide now that you will do whatever it takes to create the space in your schedule and find a “mountaintop.” The view is more clear up there.
Great reminder. I have tomorrow off & will be taking an extra long bike ride around the city to find that place.