A sneak peak of Miracles Still Happen Today
Here is a sneak peak of an entry in my book “Miracles Still Happen Today” (A Rough Draft)
It had been a busy day and an amazing week so far! I was worried about many things and very very far from home. We took a tram up tow thirds of a mountain and I was challenged by my sister to walk up the last one third of a mountain, up to the tip top. Where a large wooden cross stood.
We could see it from where we stood and it looked to be very far away. It seemed like a great idea. However, just walking up to the trail from the tram, I was out of breath. I had been walking trails daily and one of the days there I walked at most eight miles. Which was awesome! It was by far the most I have walked in years that I know of. And this trail is by far less then that. I am not sure but it is about three miles at most. But the trail is hard. And in honesty, I was a bit sacred and excited.
I had to stop every thirty seconds it seamed ~~~ After only five minuets I was out of breath as if I had just walked those eight miles.. I begin to panic. There was no way I could walk this trail. And definitely no way I could make it all the way to the tip top, where the cross was.
The trail was very narrow, barley enough room for two people to walk side by side, and in some area not even that. It was also full of big and small rocks with lots raised roots. Most of the time the trail was extremely close to the edge of the cliff or a ravine. The only thing separating me and the edge at times was a small bush, or some rocks. The trail was also very muddy, wet and slippery in many places, and the stairs had no railings.
I collapsed on a rock on the side of the path and told my sister to go on with out me. I was out of breath and having trouble catching it. She reluctantly walked away saying she was gonna check out the next part of the path up some stairs. She had such a sad look on her face. I do not recall exactly why, maybe the look, or maybe the thought of her going alone. But I got up and walked up to her at the top of the stairs. I told her I would walk the normal path but not to the cross and we had to do it slowly. She did not argue.
You should know this trial is one large loop. From the tram around the mountain top and back to the tram. With a side trail up to the Cross. You could go either way depending on your preference. One side had lots of stairs and one had mostly natural trail. We chose to go trial up, stairs down. (Something else you should know I am allergic to some bees, I am not sure what kind)
Many people passed us along the way, most on their way down… (Most of them seemed to have chosen Stairs up. Nine out of Ten had something encouraging to say to us. Such as: “It is well worth it, The view is spectacular!”. The view was a most spectacular! I will not disagree there. Even from the bottom of the trail. It was breath taking and surreal. I keep telling people Alaska is proof God exists! The beauty of the state is surreal and breathtaking no matter where you go. But this was one of the best views I have seen in my whole life. The only thing second to this was all the shades of the ocean colors and the scenes we saw out on the whaling ship.
We were about half way around when we came across the path to the cross. My sister told me she would regret it if she did not go on it. I told her I would wait at the observation station that they had there at the fork. Again she said ok and I watched her walk away. And again I felt the sudden need to go with her. Even though at this point my chest burned as if on fire inside especially every time I took in a breath. Yet, I stood up from where I was sitting and followed.
Less then a minuet latter I found myself hunched over in tears. I could not breath, I could not see. I was loosing consciousness I knew it… I was falling to the ground, but before I could fall, I stopped my self with my hands and I took authority over my body in “Jesus Name” and started praying in the spirit. The verse Philippians 4:13 came to mind. “I can do all things Through Christ who strengthens me.” and I could hear God say in a faint whisper. “Just take a step” I knew it was him because there was a fire inside me screaming don’t give up! Listen! So I did the only thing I could. I obeyed. “Take another step” He said. I obeyed. I was seeing spots every where but my vision was back.
I was did not tell my sister what I was going through, I am not sure she would have believed me, nor I am sure she knew I was struggling as much as I was. I repeated the verse out loud, over and over again for about five steps. I was still hunched over as I walked but I was moving forward!
We still had a bit to go. I was moving, but very slow saying the verse out loud and in my head over and over again with every step. I wondered what my sister was thinking about me or the people passing by. And I was unsure if my body would obey my will. Now, I heard with every step. “One Step At a Time” I kept my eyes on the ground because I did not wand to see how much more we ad to go. And I obeyed God. I quoted the verse “My Strength is renewed like Eagles” Isaiah 40:31 and Psalms 103:5 along with Philippians 4:13.
Around a corner there was a swarm of bees. I was very scared, but I put on my jacket as fast as I could, pulled the hood on and as far over my face as I could, and I held it tightly closed, walking a bit faster now. Everything hurt inside and I felt as if I was wearing a heavy belt around my waist with a rope attached to the center of it. And God was at the other end of the rope pulling me forward. I had no energy of my own left. I felt as if I was sleep walking now.
Before long we, I made it to the cross!!!!! I can not explain in words the Immanence amount of Joy and the feeling of success I had at that moment. I was was moved to tears, and if there were not people there already I would have burst out crying. Just thinking about it now brings tears to my eyes. It was such a Faith and a Physical struggle. But since there were people there I did the only thing I could. I hugged the cross closed my eyes and I praised God! I then used the opportunity to witness to the people who were already up there. I don’t know if what God has done for me touched them or not but I do know I planted a seed.. I believe that everything we do know knows and even when we do not obey Him, because we have free will. He is still there trying to guide us. We have the opportunity to obey or not to. I also believe he directs people in our paths for a reason. I think those people with the encouraging words helped and I hope I helped people as well and I pray I still am and can for many-many years to come.
I know there was no way I could have made it up to the top on my own. God was there with me all the way up, and is always with me. And once we made it there my Energy was resorted just like the verse. I am not lying. I felt like a rock on the way up and suddenly I was full of energy. So may say it was Adrenalin kicking in, (though if it was it should have a while before that) and If it was I am sure God was the one who did that. But It was not adrenalin like you would thing. I felt refreshed as well, like I had just started the walk. It was as if I had not just struggled up all that way. It was as if I had just woke up full of energy. God had restored my strength like an Eagle just as the verses I was saying before. No one but God could have done that for me! It not only did it help me learn to listen better it helped to teach me to be obedient, and on top of it all I felt extremely loved and and full of peace too… And I had that feeling for the rest of the day too. Going down was not easy and still scary with the no railing stairs but I knew and know I have God on my side.
I am not sharing this so you will go out and do something drastic to get closer to God. I am sharing this in order – to show you – that God is always with us and willing and will help you in your time of need. All you have to do is call on him and trust him, and do as he tells you. I had no choice not to do as he said. I was stuck up high, I could have gone down alone but I did not know my way. So I decided to trust God to give me what I needed to continue on. And he did!! And now my faith in him is stronger then ever and I am reminded I can do anything with him at my side!!