My mother loved reading Westerns – specifically anything by Louis L’amour. One of her favorites was part of the Sackett Series, “To the Far Blue Mountains”. The story is the tale of adventure as a young man battles overwhelming obstacles to get to America without being captured by the King. He has a wanderlust to travel with his bride inland from the coast and there raise his family in the solace of the mountains. He seeks a place of beauty, freedom to work the land, hunt, and to live at peace with all men. He’s not afraid of hard work, but he desires to see the result of that labor in a return dividend of fulfilling his dreams. And yes, I’ve read the book – many times! For Mom, I believe the Blue Mountains represented a place she desired to live even if only in her dreams.
Beauty in the Blue Mountains
For you who have known me for more than five minutes, you know the beach, surf, sand, and all things nautical are the things that bring me joy and comfort. But, when I travel into the mountains, I become lost in their beauty and desire to surround myself with the protection and ever-changing shadows as light, wind, and texture become living breathing things. There is such beauty to see as it encompasses round me. I desire to travel the roads higher and higher and be fully immersed in the enveloping presence of the mountain – always looking for the vista so I can suddenly breathe in the freshness of having arrived at the mountain-top.
The Mountains Represent Certain Dreams
For my mother, the mountains offered her a place to call her own. A “nest” where she could create an environment of her own choosing. She wanted a place without distractions where she could sit on her front porch in quietness and think lofty thoughts – or no thoughts at all. A place offering solitude and peace for her heart, and a place for memories to wrap tender arms around her soul. She went to the mountains and began renovating an old shack. She dreamed dreams, and found inspiration.
The Mountains Teach Me Hope
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10).
The Mountains Teach Me Confidence
Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God (Psalm 90:2 NKJV).
The Mountains Teach Me Faith
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever (Psalm 125:2 NKJV).
The Mountains Teach Me the Need For Prayer
And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there (Matthew 14:23-24).
The Mountains Teach Me To Look Up
I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord , Who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2).
Sometimes the Mountains Must Come to You
Traveling to the Far Blue Mountains has an appeal – almost a call to “come”. There’s just something about the mountains that inspire our hearts. They lift our spirits. They fuel our hopes and dreams. I do love to see the mountains – but sometimes I don’t have the time or resources to physically travel. Not to my beach, and not to the beauty of the blue mountains – except in my dreams. Sometimes, strange as this is going to sound – I have but to drive to the top of my hill to a local fast food parking lot. From that vantage point I can choose to look at the top of the local shopping strip below, or I can look beyond. It offers me a view of the valley, the sounds of traffic (which I translate as the steady sound of the surf slapping the shoreline), a breeze gently blowing through the nearby trees, and a vista from which I can watch the sunset above the city. I only need to concentrate on the God who made the mountains to begin experiencing His presence – even in my own home town.
Next time you need to go to the mountains but can’t actually go – check out places in your hometown that will offer you a place to spend time with the Maker of the mountains. Let me hear about your strange places where you have had a mountain-top experience.