Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Last week I was blessed to be able to spend six days with my son, Justin, as we hiked around the State of Colorado. I was blessed to be able to make it to the top of Mt. Evans and Mt. Bierstadt, two 14,000 ft. plus peaks. Being with Justin was such a blessing as we shared time and conversation that we had not shared in some time. Testing my body to ascend to 14, 265 ft. was an event and a success. I experienced God's grandeur in creation from the majestic peaks to the littlest and smallest growing wildflowers and plants that have adapted to their surroundings.
This made me think and ponder about ourselves and how we must live and adapt to our surroundings: people, places, things, personalities, etc. One of the most amazing experiences for me was at the Mount Goliath Natural Area and Dos Chappell Nature Center. We stopped there on the way down from Mt. Evans and enjoyed Bristlecone Pine trees ranging from 900 to over 2,000 years old and an alpine garden.
At the visitor center there they had a display of one of the smallest growing plants that are found above 14,000 ft. which not only survive but thrive. They have adapted to the cold and the wind by staying low and growing outward along the ground. Their beautiful white flowers are sometimes hard to even see, but when you get close you see their amazing beauty. I was astounded by the display of this little plant, especially the part of the plant below the ground. This plant that grows about 4 inches around and 1 inch high has a root that extends 6-8 feet into the rock and soil to get its nutrients and to sustain life. Its lesson to me is that we all are charged to adapt.
In this world of mystery all things are not clear, all things are not well, all things are not as we want them to be. The great lesson for me of my time at the nature center is the reminder that God gives us all, everyone, the ability and charge to adapt to our surroundings, to venture out (even down into the darkness if necessary) to live, love, share, improve, tolerate and then spread the love of God's Kingdom to all we meet, no matter who they are. We are all called to bloom where we are planted and to spread God's love to all who come to us.
See ya Sunday!
Blessings & Peace,
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