Recently, I read the book of Daniel. We all recall the fiery furnace that Sadrach, Meshack, and Abednego were tossed into for their refusal to serve the gods of King Nebuchandnezzar. But I love what they tell him first: “we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3: 16-18
“The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way.” This wise statement from Proverbs might seem offensive on its face. Yet it does not mean we stop using the mind our Father has blessed each of us with. Rather, it means simply not to over think; not to overindulge in our own egos. God’s mighty power is what surrounds us, saves us and blesses us. “Speechless silence in is awesome Presence” (Tozer) establishes and restores us to that power.
Located in the Glacier Peak Wilderness, north of Leavenworth, WA, Spider Meadow is a place that is always new, recreating its beauty year after year. Its many waterfalls–we counted fifteen–feed into Phelps Creek, the name of the trailhead that starts near a blip on the map known as Trinity. Although the area is isolated, it is popular with hikers. Fortunately the meadow provides many campsites, but it is best to avoid it on weekends. Still, all one has to do is raise one’s eyes to the peaks and waterfalls, and soak up their renewing energy in heart, mind, and soul.
Meg and I spent a delightful two days/nights with younger son Michael and his wife, Sara in the Glacier Peak Wilderness north of Leavenworth WA. We backpacked in five and half miles to this gorgeous meadow with fifteen!! waterfalls flowing down the steep glacial walls. Michael and Sara had flown in from New Hampshire for his twentieth high school reunion here in La Grande. We then took the ferry into Stehekin on Lake Chelan for additional quality outdoor and family time.