One of my assignments for my doctrine class is to meditate on a few different passages 4 times a week for the next 2 weeks of class. Christian meditation is distinctly different from other kinds of mediation in that it is not emptying the mind but filling it. Specifically as I learnt last week, meditation in ancient Israel was repeating scripture slowly, methodically so that you could fill your mind with grand thoughts of God, turning over truths about him in your mind, aloud, chewing on them, digesting slowly. So I started the meditation exercise today with Psalm 19. It ended up being a great place to start because my plan for the day was to head to the mountains. We are at 5000 feet in Fort Collins but it seems flat and we are just at the foothills of the great Rockies. Not far from here though.. 40 miles is Estes Park which up in the mountains with higher mountain peaks surrounding it and beyond that the Rocky Mountain National Park.. with very little plans other than to head west with the generous car that my friend lent me.. let me share my adventure in photos..
“I went up to the mountains..” (- Patty Griffin) to rest. To see mountains. I went up to the mountains to spend time with God. I wanted to pray and read my Bible and maybe some books and just be. A theme of this year.
After some driving I got to a park with a carpark and a bunch of people parked and a few trails to climb.
So I locked up my borrowed car and headed for one of the trails..
But as I climbed.. the fact that I was a lone girl in a dress and leggings and dance trainers that are no where near hiking boots.. without a gun (I don’t own a gun) began to ring loudly in my head. I carefully scanned the terrain for bears and mountain lions and moose…
Once I arrived in the parking lot I settled myself on a big rock within sight of my car (in case the mountain lions came). I found some less scary friends who joined me on my rock: baby chipmunks! They hung out with me while I read 1 Corinthians from the Bible on my phone until the warnings of thunder and lightening turned to big droplets of rain… and I retreated to my car..
I read a third of this kids bible today. It is my favourite. I have given it to so many friends. So refreshing to the soul… even if you are a grownup. It is theologically well put together and yet so simple and accessible. We are reading selections of it in my Biblical Communication class. Awesome. 🙂
“Now some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done. Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away. At times they are downright mean…It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne – everything to rescue the one he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!”