Mountaintop Peace in the Valley
A few years ago, we purchased a small piece of land in the foothills of the Cascade mountain range—six miles off-grid. No electricity. No running water. Our adult kids thought we were nuts because until our move to the Pacific Northwest in 2007, their mother’s idea of “roughing it” had been staying in a hotel without room service.
On our first drive to the property, I grew disheartened when city streets turned to dirt roads and then logging roads. What were we getting ourselves into? We abandoned our car and hiked to the property—a level spot overlooking a chasm, a rushing river below. Across the chasm stood a breath-taking mountain, rolling foothills, and a waterfall.
I was smitten. Nowhere on earth had I experienced such exquisite aloneness, nor felt God’s presence so unhindered.
But we weren’t alone. Two families lived less than a quarter-mile from this property that became ours. So why do I feel alone and closer to God at our weekend mountain property than at our weekday house in the valley?
- I stopped checking any device until after quality time in Scripture and prayer.
- I’ve created an inviting, quiet place with favorite candles, music, and/or “my chair.”
- I block out noise (sometimes using earplugs) to decrease distractions.
Even those of us who live in the valley can create mountaintop peace with a little intentionality—and you don’t have to use a port-a-potty to do it.
Mesu Andrews’ deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive through her highly-acclaimed historical/biblical novels. Her sixth book, Miriam: A Treasures of the Nile Novel, releases March 15, 2016.