Last weekend we climbed two mountains in our little city. The first was a tiny little mountain that we can see from our window. The mountain is next to the harbor so there are some pretty nice views of the ocean (or there would be if Mokpo hadn't put some ugly oil tanks on the coast).
The second mountain we climbed was Mt. Yudal which is the highest peak in Mokpo. It's located in Old Mokpo and is the biggest tourist destination that the city has to offer. There were a lot of signs giving the history of Mokpo and the role that this mountain has played.
The sights were interesting and we got some good exercise climbing to the peaks. We ended up splitting up several times as some people in the group were faster than others. Both mountains had several trails to the top which allowed for easier or harder climbing depending on what you were looking for. Some of the trails were concrete stairs while others were shear rock faces with ropes to pull yourself up with.
Today I was hiking on my own and I realized that I have been on many levels of hiking abilities. There are times when I am the one who is wanting to take a harder path. I want to be challenged and I take the lead in motivating others to keep going. There are other times when I am struggling just to keep going on the trail and I need someone else to push me forward to our goal. At times our groups have split up because our ability levels are so different.
As I sat on the mountain peak today I realized that I have had the same experience with church. At times I am taking the lead and trying to motivate others to grow. In other situations I am struggling just to keep going and I need someone else to pull me up. At times unfortunately I have parted ways with people because our paths seemed so different.
It seems that God gives me clarity of vision when I am in His creation away from the distractions of the busy city life. Hopefully I will be able to keep these thoughts in my mind as life continues and our schedules fill up again.
the photo album for this entry is called "Day for a Hike or Two"