Glory revealed

“A voice cries: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken’” (Isaiah 40:3-5 NKJV).

When I mention the countries to which I regularly travel, which are Nepal and Bangladesh, a very common response is, “I would love to go to Nepal.” I am not sure I have ever been told the same about Bangladesh. Most do not explain their reasons for the desire to visit the one country, but I suspect that much of the appeal lies in the beauty of the country and the majesty of the Himalaya range of mountains. Nepal resounds with romance and exoticism and many respond to its call. Continue reading “Glory revealed”

Up on a mountain

“For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest. . . . But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:18, 22 NKJV).

What is it about mountains that is so compelling to us? Any list of the greatest tourist attractions on earth will include the Alps, the Andes, and the Himalayas, not to mention Pike’s Peak, Clingman’s Dome, McKinley, Kilimanjaro and many others. Mountains figure prominently in human history (e.g., Hannibal’s crossing of the Alps), and in many of our personal histories.

My wife and I, for example, spent our honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. More recently I have been often into and near the Himalayas of Nepal and northern India. It has been some of my greatest experiences to cross high passes in order to preach the gospel of Christ in remote villages. Mountain scenery is spectacular and hugely memorable. Those mountain adventures are very special. Continue reading “Up on a mountain”