Walking in the Dark


my son, Andy (15)

Walking in the Dark…

” Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” Isaiah 50:10b

My husband, Dave, and I, and son Andy (that’s him in the picture) and Andy’s friend Taylor are all in Colorado to climb Pikes Peak — AGAIN!  (see earlier Pikes Peak posts)  Second time this summer.

Bed and Breakfast

our Bed and Breakfast

In fact, I’m typing this at the base of the mountain in the kitchen of a cozy Bed and Breakfast.  And tonight I’ll be sleeping in my cozy Bed and Breakfast bed

— but not the boys.

They’ll be climbing  Pike’s Peak in the dark, starting at midnight!  They’ll only have headlamps to guide them.

Midnight At the start of the midnight Pike's Peak Climb. l-r: my son's friend, Taylor; husband, Dave; son, Andy

Why this craziness?!

Because they want to celebrate my son, Andy’s birthday on the summit at sunrise, of course.

Tomorrow he’ll be 15.

We all have mountains to climb, don’t we?

Not always by choice.

And when the trail is dark, it’s nice to have a few promises on hand to light the way…

Sunrise on Pikes Peak, July 2009, Shumpert ©

Sunrise above the clouds on Pikes Peak, July 2009, photo credit: the Shumperts. The Shumperts are a 60-something souple we met at Pike's Peak who climb 14-ers for a hobby. They took this at sunrise after camping just below the summit.

“…The LORD my God illumines my darkness.”  Psalm 18:28b NASB

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  Psalm 119:105 KJV

“And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom {will become} like midday.

“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”  Isaiah 58:10-11, NASB

My son, Andy, with his head lamp glowing, halfway to the summit.

The mountain climber’s prayer:

Oh, Lord, you keep my lamp burning; You illumine my darkness.(Ps. 18)  Your Word shows me the safest places for my feet, and places to avoid putting my feet.  (Ps. 119)

Help me to think of others, try to meet their needs, even when I feel gloomy and dried up. (Is. 58)  You promised to brighten my gloom, and meet my needs even “scorched places” when I do.  And you said I’d ” be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail. (Is. 58) That’s what I want my heart to be, a garden full of light and beauty!

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

2 thoughts on “Walking in the Dark

  1. Hi Gorgeous,

    Kim told me about this the other day.
    I really needed to hear this message——it really hit the heart.
    Put me on your mailing list, ok?


  2. Hey Gorgeous,

    Kin told me about this a few days ago——did I ever need to read today’s lesson. It hit the heart.

    Put me on your mail list, ok?


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