In the Morning

200“Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain.” Exodus 34:2

I have always noticed that it is in the morning that I have found the most peace: within myself, as well as in nature. You have buried your exhaustion and fatigue in the evening and awake with new energy in the morning. This August I have had many “God” moments. These moments tend to typically happen in the morning. I went hiking with a high school friend of mine on August 24th. We originally had planned to summit one fourteener that morning, but instead summited four: Mt. Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln, and Bross. When it comes to hiking mountains that are 14,000 ft in elevation, you need to start around 5:30/6 in the morning. Once we summited Mt. Democrat, I had an epiphany. First, I thought to myself that this panoramic horizon of snowy peaks was the perfect place to be present with God. Second, I thought I must be either hypoxic or insane to want to do four peaks in one day. Surprisingly, I was at my best strength up on that mountain top and I was able to bury all of the stress, chaos, and fatigue I had brought up with me. This “God” moment brought me peace. After hiking 9.5 miles, summiting four peaks, and burning 2,000 calories, I was able to reflect on how privileged I was to experience such an extraordinary feat with God.

On Labor Day, I went dove hunting with my father and same friend in the story above. We woke up early in the morning, made coffee, and jumped in the car just so we could get to our hunting spot under some trees before sunrise. As the sun started to peak over the horizon, we were greeted with this beautiful landscape of purple haze and thick fog that covered the plains. I was overcome with tranquility. The morning was perfect. You could hear the land waking up to a new day. That orange and purple sunrise cast over the river bottom and was met with the noise of cattle in the distance, the occasional rooster pheasant crowing, the honking geese miles up in the sky, the turkeys coming down from their roost, and the flapping wings of hundreds of dove all around us. For a second, I looked up and said “Show off.”

Not all “Mountain Tops” have to be on literal mountains. If you are present with God in the morning, you’ll be surprised what kind of gift he might have in store for you.

“Holy is the day when the dawn finds me on the mountaintop with God."

Davis Benedict

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