I’ll never forget my time in Montana this past summer. Not only was I surrounded by some of the most amazing mountain ranges, but I had the opportunity to drive across one range called “The Road to the Sun” in Glacier National Park. It’s only open for about 4 months of the year. I was there in July, and they had only just cleared the last of the snow off the road to make it open a few weeks earlier. WOW! It was one of those bucket list items I didn’t even know to have on my bucket list.
Many of the prayers I was praying and seeking God for answers to, came over this 8-day excursion to 6 states, 5 cities, 2 national parks, and hours of flying and driving in between. There was something overwhelming about the GEOGRAPHY being so different than my normal surroundings that I felt closer to God, and maybe more attentive to the experiences I was having and how God wanted to speak through them. I tried to put it into words, but struggled to do so until just recently.
I’m currently reading “Chase the Lion” by Mark Batterson. It’s a follow-up book to his first work “In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.” It is a great book about chasing the dreams God has for you and how to dream bigger.
He tells the story of how Joel Malm was ice-axing his way up Mount Elbrus when he received his big dream from God. It led him to create the Summit Leaders. Why go to a conference and passively listen to a leader when you can hike the Inca Trail or raft the Colorado River with other leaders and live an adventure?!
Mark has lived by this saying, “Change of Pace + Change of Space = Change of Perspective.”