On Sunday evening I returned from a three day wilderness trek.  I took ten men into the mountains of South Africa.  The new banner on the site was taken on Saturday evening.  We hiked one of the mosty strenuous routes in South Africa.  All of us were challenged physically and spiritually.  It always amazes me how huge wilderness serves as a connection with the Creator.  We like to say, "in nature I feel so close to God".  Our forefathers talked about creation, they believed nature points to something natural (think natural evolution) while creation points to a creator.

Journey_4Our hiking included times of silence and meditating on specific Psalms.  When we ascended the Drakensberg (Afrikaans for Dragon’s back) pass we meditated on Psalm 121 "I look up to the mountains, from where will my help come?".  We confronted some of the idols that we serve in the city (our high places).  Being a Christ follower in the city asks for vigilance and courage.  It’s so easy to become part of the anti-God culture.  To "fit in with the culture without even thinking".  Two quotes that touched me during the hike were:

"It is
preoccupation with possessions more than anything else that prevents men from
living freely and nobly." –Bertrand Russell

You cannot
stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the
first place? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below
does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no
longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower
regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see,
one can at least still know. — Rene Daumal