Yesterday I made the statement, in my preparations I have discovered how valuable others are who have journeyed before us. It has been absolutely amazing to me the people I have met as I have begun this journey toward “the roof of Africa”.
I have had divine encounters on airplanes with people like, Lisa Roberts who taught me to give everyone an opportunity to change a life and thanked me for her new “son” that she sponsored at 20,000 feet, and Kendra Gibson-Gegelman and her family who inspired me to share my story and to keep my eyes open for divine encounters in strange places.
On Southwest Airlines you will meet people like Dr. Ben Bobrow who is an amazing medical professional who also climbs mountains. He not only shared his great wisdom with me on the airplane but our families have now met as they sponsored two children for their children and allowed me the privilege of using whatever I needed from his climbing gear.
On Facebook you will meet African guides like Robin Mountain who, although he is not a Kili guide, has summited Kili 3 times and was full of wisdom and great advice. The same day I met Robin on line I met Rachael Hall who that day was posting a picture she had just taken from the top of Kili. Rachael, Robin, and Ben have all climbed kili and are all filled with wisdom and knowledge that has helped to alleviate stress and concern. Conversations with them have also inspired, encouraged, and given me a sense of confidence and added excitement as we set out for the mountain.
I have discovered that I am surrounded by a Great Cloud of Witnesses that have stories and adventures that I can learn from and hang onto that will assist me in getting to the top of Africa. I have also discovered that they don’t have to have climbed Kili to be a witness that can aid me in my climb. For example through blogging I have met Lesley Carter who writes about Bucket List stuff and has been a huge inspiration to me encouraging me to not sit back and let life pass me by but to live it fully and make a difference in the process.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
Those who have gone before us on the journey up a physical mountain are of great value. But so are those who have gone before us and successfully navigated the spiritual mountains of life. The question is will we encounter them and learn from them and allow them to move us to higher hights and greater depths spiritually.
What I have discovered is we fail to have divine encounters with those who have gone before us because we don’t live looking for them and live expecting them. Possibly because we sit on the airplanes of life with our headphones on and our eyes shut instead of looking and listening for an opportunity to encounter God in and through the person sitting next to us.
When was the last time you read Hebrews 11 and 12 and listened to those who have gone before you. Who will you meet today with eyes and ears wide open for how God might use you in their life and them in yours?
Let’s go climb a mountain, enjoy the journey and