Homeschooling on the Road-Rocky Mountain National ParkJun 22nd, 2009 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: Featured Articles, Homeschooling Road Trip 2009
We headed out to the Rocky Mountain National Park after Focus on the Family yesterday and were blown away by the beauty! We were surrounded on all four sides by gorgeous snow capped mountains, the green of forests and the color of alpine meadows. Oh, how I wanted to stay for weeks!
The highlight of our time here was a horse back ride through a lush green dense forest, across a bridge spanning a rapidly running stream, around the edge of an alpine meadow and up a mountain ridge. The kids absolutely loved it-I was a little nervous going up and back down the mountain ridge. Talk about learning to trust! We had to put our safety entirely in the hooves of our horses as they made their way up and then back down the very narrow trail.
Later, we took a ride down a 750-foot zip line. We first climbed a tree to a platform about 3 stories up. Then, once we were safely attached to the line, we had to muster the courage to jump off that platform and trust that we would sail down the line rather than head straight for the ground. At the bottom, we had to actually begin running in the air so that when we landed on the ground we could run with the force of our descent and avoid injury. I must admit, knowing that we would actually hit ground was a little intimidating.
We talked later about how much trust we had to put in our horses, in the partner who kept our rope taut as we climbed the tree, in the man who connected us to the zip line, in the line as it carried us to the other side of the ravine, and in the team who helped us to land successfully. That is a lot of trust.
And yet, we often struggle with trusting the Lord in our circumstances.
Rather than trust that our struggles and successes are preparing us for the plans He has for us, we often try to take matters into our own hands. Instead, we must put our lives in His hands and trust that He will guide and direct us as long as we seek His wisdom and will. When we trust Him in all that we do, we allow Him to work in us and through us for His glory.
I know, sounds a little philosophical but somehow those kinds of object lessons stick.
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