One winter, we left Timberline Lodge at midnight and started climbing an icy ridge toward the summit of Mt. Hood, a mountain standing at 11,249 feet—about an hour east of Portland.
It’s the highest peak in Oregon and the fourth highest in the Cascade Range—and home to 12 named glaciers and snowfields.
Led by an expert mountain guide and roped together, we took off for the distant peak. It’s a long climb—and we had to reach the peak and get back to the lodge within eight hours—before the snow and ice on the ridge started melting in the sun.
After a few hours of climbing, the weather suddenly changed—as often happens in the mountains. Light winds and snow flurries turned into a full-blown mountain storm.
The snow started blowing sideways—and within moments, we were caught in a white-out. That’s when a snow storm becomes so intense that you can’t see your hand in front of your face. You can’t see anything but white. You’re blinded.
Trusting our experienced guide, we sat down in the snow to wait out the storm—for what felt like an eternity. After the storm subsided, our guide decided we couldn’t safely continue climbing. So, we started an early descent to the lodge—disappointed but alive.
God is the most trustworthy guide to follow through the storms of life.
God won’t ever let you down. He’s reliable and vigilant. He’ll never abandon or forget you. He’s the only one in whom you can put all of your trust.
David wrote, “I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber. The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going …” (Psalm 121:1-3, 7-8).
David faced a lot of storms. He was outnumbered and attacked. Harassed and hassled. Bruised and badgered. Afraid and anxious. But repeatedly, he trusted God.
God is far wiser and stronger than the most expert mountain climber. He guides and protects us. That’s why we can confidently trust and follow him through every storm.
Psalm 123:1-2 says, “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.”
God surrounds you. He’s all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere present at once.
Will you trust and follow him?