Hiking adventure and gratitude

old-rag-mountain-viewI had a wonderful day hiking Old Rag Mountain in Virginia. I find that being close to nature in the company of a wonderful friend is so nourishing. We shared a beautiful adventure, beautiful vistas, beautiful prayers — all on the top of the mountain — what could be better?

I am well aware, O my Lord, that I have been so carried away by the clear tokens of Thy loving-kindness, and so completely inebriated with the wine of Thine utterance, that whatever I behold I readily discover that it maketh Thee known unto me, and it remindeth me of Thy signs, and of Thy tokens, and of Thy testimonies. By Thy glory! Every time I lift up mine eyes unto Thy heaven, I call to mind Thy highness and Thy loftiness, and Thine incomparable glory and greatness; and every time I turn my gaze to Thine earth, I am made to recognize the evidences of Thy power and the tokens of Thy bounty. And when I behold the sea, I find that it speaketh to me of Thy majesty, and of the potency of Thy might, and of Thy sovereignty and Thy grandeur. And at whatever time I contemplate the mountains, I am led to discover the ensigns of Thy victory and the standards of Thine omnipotence.
(Baha’u’llah, Prayers and Meditations by Baha’u’llah, p. 271)

During our adventure, we managed to get lost but somehow after saying a prayer we got a cell phone signal just at the right time when we needed to consult with a park ranger on how to find our way back. It pays to not give up when tested but persevere and see the obsticle from a different angle. And it helps to have a beautiful friend next to you to encourage you. We truly had a wonderful time hiking. I am going to bed exhausted but smiling and grateful! Praised be God!

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