A few weeks ago, I went down with my church to Roanoke, Virginia to do some missionary work with a program called R.E.A.C.H.. The entire trip was just amazing. It was a lot of fun to work with the other church there and the interns that had been there for six weeks already. The people we worked with were amazing too. They were friendly and grateful for us helping out. During the time there, we learned about people’s stories. How each person has a story to tell. And just because we did the mission work such as building things or cleaning up an area. That is not what missionary work is all about. It is also about getting to know the people who we are helping. To get on a level of understanding with them.
But that is not what I really want to talk about today. I actually want to talk about the last day. On Friday, we had the option of waking up at three in the morning and hop into our cars and go to the base of a mountain. Then walk up the mountain to reach the top to see the sunrise. Now a lot of people were not that excited about the whole idea of getting up at three. I was one of the few people who were really excited. The mountains is my place to re-focus myself. So the whole idea was just brilliant in my mind. We did do it. And here (below) is what I wrote after coming back down from the breathtaking site up on the mountain.
“As we walked up the mountain, the entire group became spread out as we trekked up. We were all at different paces. Some teenagers were complaining about how long the walk was or how thirsty they were because they didn’t bring water. Others were frustrated about the lack of helping the younger ones out. Many were just tired from waking up so early. And there were that few that were very excited about doing the walk. Although this seemed to have been a downer. I looked it as life. We each are walking a path to get to the top. The waking up at a early morning, getting into a car to get to the base, and then trekking a mountain are just challenges. The process to get to the top is challenging and all of Mother Nature is slamming you with full force as you physically, emotionally, and mentally are working yourself to reach the top. These’s little things only help you become stronger in all three aspects. The problems are only there to help you. To build you up in unexpected ways. The reward at the end. At the top of the mountain. That is the most rewarding as it takes your breath away. The sight of being on top of the world as earth becomes awake again. The sun slowly rises from the horizon that seems to stretch for miles on as the clouds below us slowly ease their way out of the trees. The wind blows around as nature calls. No pictures. No words. Can describe the feeling that seeps through your entire being. Your soul is at peace. This is like life. The work and problems only are there to help you along your path. As each day, hour, minute, and second goes. You become closer to that sight. That reward that is waiting on top of the mountain.”
So if you ever get a chance to wake up at three to go walking up a mountain. I would strongly encourage it. The steps to get there will be tough. But the view up there is worth it.