It snowed Friday night into Saturday morning, but the temperatures rose, and the snow was perfect for snowballs, snowmen and snow blocks for building snow forts. It was a beautiful Saturday morning, so my son and I went for a hike and to take pictures in the park.
We put on our snow boots, thermals, snow pants, coats, hats and gloves, grabbed the camera and headed to the park. The first field we came to, we took some pictures of a snow covered landscape. My son took some pictures and then I took some pictures. When I was done I turned to see my son pushing a big snow boulder. I guess we were building a snowman. Fred was born on January 24, 2015 at approximately 11:30 am.
After building Fred, we went to our favorite place, the white house with the reflection pool. While we were walking, my son decided to attack me with snow balls. I retaliated some, but I thought of the white house and decided to make a dash for it. The house has a terrace off the back with tall walls. If I could get control of the terrace, then I would basically have a fortress, and my son would have to attack from way beneath the walls.
We battled for about 20 or 30 minutes. I lost the fortress… then I won it back. Then I lost the fortress, and then won it back. It was a back and forth battle, and making snowballs was a cinch. I felt Buddy the Elf, just not so weird. (Watch the movie Elf if you do not understand the reference.) I also had to escape the fort, and found myself yelling “Run away! Run away!” (Monte Python reference) Exhausted, we both were done battling.
It was time for the hike, which is about 4 miles long, and starts off ascending Mount Misery. When we started, we were both exhausted and the back of my knee was not extending. I had to keep my knee bent in order to avoid the pain. So why do this hike? Because my son is doing track so endurance and mental toughness is necessary. The one thing about endurance is fighting past exhaustion and pain. So, despite what our body’s wanted, a seat in a warm house, we started to walk.
My son immediately dropped down and looked at me so broken, but I kept walking, well, limping. I really wasn’t sure how we were going to do it, but we were. I reminded Victor of a movie we watched called 4 Minute Mile where a runner had to break through the pain and exhaustion to finish a mile run under 4 minutes. Next thing you know my son took the lead.
The pain in my knee was excruciating, so I had to focus on keeping my leg bent to avoid the pain. About 1 mile into the ascent, it came to me, pray. Pray the pain away. This always worked for me in the past. My right knee would be in pain when I walked to the point where I thought I would have to stop. But then I would pray, and instantly, not in 5 minutes, or even 5 seconds, but instantly my knee would be fine.
So I prayed, and instantly the pain was gone and I had full range in my knee! Now I needed healing for my lower back, and my pelvis, because they were achy as well. So I just kept praying. Exhaling with “Lord Jesus Christ” and inhaling with “Heavenly Father” I found ourselves trucking up the hill, over the top of Mount Misery and down the other side.
Our backs were sweaty, and we were wet from the snow melting from the trees , but we persevered over the hardships. Jesus gave us the strength to finish. Not only did He gave us strength, but He gave us energy and a renewed spirit and body, so much so that in our last leg of the walk we ran to the car. Paul writes in Philippians that Christ is the secret to dealing with any situation:
For I can do anything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
On the descent from Mount Misery are some ruins. We spent time, a good 20 to 30 minutes taking pictures and exploring. It was as though we never hiked the mountain at all. Thank you Jesus for the power you have in our life.
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