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Topic: Mountains (09/20/04)

TITLE: These Aren't The Rockies!
By Susan Storm Smith
09/22/04

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After moving from Utah to western New York, a new friend wanted to show us the beauty of the region. One Saturday, we drove through the peaceful farmlands and forests. It was the end of summer and the beginning of the fall season, when the green leaves mix with patches of yellows and oranges, the maples a crimson red. We were very excited to go to the mountains and away from the city. After about an hour and a half, the driver proudly announced, “Well, we’re here.” My son, being about seven at the time, looked around and asked, “Where are we? I thought we were going to the mountains and spend the day.” Our tour guide friend responded, “These are our mountains!”

My son and I looked at each other and burst out laughing because to us, we were still on flat land. We had grown up at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains. When you entered the small canyon near our home, even while walking you noticed the steep incline. Sightseeing or camping near great granite cliffs and deep glacier lakes, now those are mountains!

It was a good laugh for everyone when we explained the type of countryside to which we were accustomed. In reflection, we look at the mountains of our life and those of others in a similar way. What looks huge and insurmountable to others, are a mere incline to some. When you have spiritually climbed to the highest peaks and explored the valley floor, sometimes a disaster is nothing more than a dust storm to another.

Susan Storm Smith
9/22/04


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Deborah Porter 09/27/04
Susan, what a neat little story. I had a good chuckle myself, but you rounded it all off perfectly with that reminder that we do often make mountains out of molehills. Well done (and I hope you're entering this week's Challenge too!). Love, Deb
Carol Shaffron09/27/04
I especially love seeing these little glimpses into others experiences. Somehow makes the world feel much smaller and brings us all closer together in God's heart.
Phyllis Inniss 09/28/04
I too appreciate reading the experiences of others; they help put things into better perspective for me. The molehills become mountains because we don't have sufficient faith. Thanks for sharing.
L.M. Lee09/28/04
good thoughts on how to truly see our problems.
Rita Garcia09/28/04
Susan, Great story, well written! Blessings, Rita
Joanne Malley09/30/04
You have successfully brought your point across with few words. Nice comparison to how we make mountains out of molehills!