Distance: 24 miles
start: 8:30 am
stop: 7:00 pm
Elevation: 9990 ft
Others Here: Linus Cloudbuster
Camp: Above Copper Mountain Resort; Tenting
And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
I know there is a big gap between this post and the last. I don't have the means to include pictures right now so decided to wait on those. Also there has been a big change in my plans and wanted to explain so no one worries when there is another gap in the entries.
I slept in this morning because of the rain and just because I could. It rained all night again and I woke to a misty rain. I had to take care of some phone business which I will explain shortly, but that gave me an even later start. I only had service next to the highway at the pass.
There was a light rain all day today except for one notable exception.
I learned last night that my Uncle Dale is in hospice care and not doing so well. This morning I called my sister about it and then called Aunt Ruby. I love Dale and Ruby dearly. Dale has always had such a tender heart and especially since all of his brothers have gone on. Knowing how much he loved my father makes me care for him even more. So today was a very emotional day for me with my heart full of thoughts and prayers for my Aunt and Uncle. I have decided to go back to Oklahoma with my sisters after they visit me in Grand Lake. I can fly back to Denver after seeing Dale and Ruby and then make my way back to the trail. If this delay causes me to not be able to finish before winter, so be it. They are more important than this hike.
So today going up to Kokomo Pass (yes I have had that song stuck in my head all day) in the rain, I asked God if I could have sunshine while crossing the 5 miles above treeline. It rained on me right up to the pass; even a little hail. When I reached the pass, a window opened in the clouds and the sun blazed through. This window followed me all the way across until I reached tree line after Searle Pass. I believe with all my heart that God opened up that window. I think he wanted to remind me of his love for me and for Dale.
I have had both experiences on this hike; extreme weather above treeline and today's sunshine. I know that he was with me in the hailstorm as well, but I'm human and sunshine after days and miles of rain makes quite a point.
I was reminded of when Jesus calmed the sea during a storm. When I asked for sun, I didn't command the elements to submit in Jesuuus name, I simple asked my Father if he would do that for me. When Jesus calmed the storm, he simply said hush, be still. I like that; "hush". Sometimes we need Jesus to speak those words into our lives as a mother to her distraught child.
"Hush, be still."
I needed that today. I cannot relate how much those three words meant to me today.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."