As much of a Type A person as I am, I also have a part of me that thoroughly enjoys the adventure of the unknown. Going after something or doing something totally wild that I have no business doing, and being energized by my fear to “Just Do It”. No questions asked. I had never hiked a mountain that flipping tall before, with a heavy pack on my back, at an elevation I was not acclimated to. Dude, I didn’t even own hiking boots before we left for the trip. My inner dialogue kicked in- “Who cares, Marissa. Feel the fear, and do it anyway.”
If you have big problems in your life, go to the mountains. If you have a big ego in life, go to the mountains. If you struggle with pridefulness, I’m telling ya, take your self to the mountains. There has never been a more humbling experience in my life. Walking alongside massive cliffs, boulders and beneath the towering Sequoia trees was awe-inspiring. It was particularly magnificent to be in the presence of and standing beneath the Sequoia trees in the Park. Standing beneath them was like standing in the shadow of the Creator. I have never felt more insignificant, yet profoundly connected to everything around me.
Now go and apply that to life.
This following is insight that I have gained from Pastor Mark Batterson from his teaching on Matthew 17:20 “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed…” In his teaching, he says, “If we are going to understand the potential of faith, we have to understand the power of the seed. Jesus spoke of our faith in relation to a mustard seed, the smallest known garden seed in that culture.
Last but not least, if you are ever in the market for booking a trip to Yosemite yourself, here’s just a piece of FREE advice - Do not, under any circumstance, accidentally lose a granola bar in your tent while camping overnight in bear country. It will, with a doubt, create much tension and distress between you and your fellow camping cronies. I'm not saying that I did such a thing, but I could see where it could cause potential problems ;)
Leave the granola bars at home and go forth and prosper, my friends!