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June 28, 2013

The Mountain Peaks Belong to Him

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I just returned from a high altitude adventure in the Colorado Rockies.  Traveling west with five friends from central Iowa, I participated in Ride the Rockies.  Ride the Rockies is to Colorado what RAGBRAI is to Iowa.  It's a one week journey across Colorado on bicycle.  We rode two-wheelers from Telluride to Colorado Springs with 2,000 other bike riders.  Needless to say it was an epic journey that checked off one of the empty boxes on my bucket list.  The ride was challenging to say the least.  We covered over 500 miles and climbed four major mountain passes: Poncha Pass, Hardscrabble Pass, Lizard Head Pass, and Wolf Creek Pass.  The day we climbed Wolf Creek Pass could be considered the Queen Stage of the bike tour.  It was a 91 mile day that took us over the Continental Divide at a staggering elevation of 10,850 feet!  Completing that difficult day in the bike saddle may have been one of the hardest things I've ever done.
However, it wasn't all pain and agony.  During the ride, we witnessed incredible natural beauty.  We laid our eyes on stunning 14ers such as Mount Sneffels, Mount Princeton, and the infamous Pikes Peak.  We cruised through breathtaking canyons alongside raging rivers rippling with rapids.  We paused to reflect on the bright yellow beauty of a cactus flower in the high desert of Southwest Colorado.  Overall it was a trip that left you awestruck.  Seeing all this reminded me of a verse right in the middle of the Bible.  The Psalmist reminds me that "The Mountain Peaks belong to Him." (Psalm 95:4)  It's true. The mountain peaks belong to the Lord.  In fact, everything belongs to the Lord.  The contemporary testimony of the Christian Reformed Church also reminds us: "Our World Belongs to God."   The earth and the seas, the animals and the trees, and all of the world's seven billion people belong to the Lord.  Whether or not we acknowledge it makes no difference.  Everyone and everything belongs to the Lord.  So it's no surprise when we witness beauty on the earth.  God's good creation reflects God's glory.

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