Never Summer – Never Envy


Psalms 68:16 “Why do you look with envy, O Mountains with many peaks, at the mountain which God has desired for His abode?” (NAS)

Psalms 147: 16-17 “He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes. He casts forth His ice as fragments; Who can stand before His cold?”

When I visited Rocky Mountain National Park for a day hike, I was alone. I had looked up an easy trail that would circle through a valley, up and down the side of the mountain and promised incredible vistas. I was not disappointed. The trailhead started near a parking lot three miles from the Park’s main entrance at Estes Park. Even though there was no one else on the trail and I was hiking alone, it did not seem too isolated.

As I climbed above the trees, there were brief glimpses of the many peaks still snow covered even in summer of the Never Summer Range.  Think about that name. It is never warm. It is never green. It is Never Summer. About three miles and an hour into the hike, I could tell I was beginning the circle back through the valley above a stream. The first glimpse of Long’s Peak surrounded by other peaks was breathtaking. It is distinctive as are many of the Peaks in the Rocky Mountain, and we grow to love their specialness.

If mountains judge each other by difficult climbs to the summit, their steepness, special alpine terrain or snowmelt and waterfalls, and unique shapes, mountains would be envious of each other. We too judge each other and envy what someone else has without recognizing our own uniqueness.

When was the last time you felt and showed envy? What do you think people envy about you?

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