From The Top Of The Mountain

Hey,
It’s been a long, dreamy summer since I was on a farm somewhere in
Illinois. Very little is the same since then, especially me, I guess.
Anyways, here I am, staring down at a new landscape from a familiar old rocky
face. From this mountain top, I’ve seen the sun rise and the sun set during
this year. I’ve sung about the resurrection of my Savior here and I’ve seen
the night sky light up above and below me. From here, I can see the church
where I saw one of my main inspirations speak and sing and praise the Lord
only months before his unexpected death. I see a county where I spent the
first ten years of my life and I see another county where I spent the second
ten years of my life, and I can’t call either of them home anymore. That’s
neither here nor there.

During the month of August, I gained about 2,000 miles on the road
as I drove across the Southeast for important meetings with important people.
That’s a lot of driving. Would I trade in any of that travel for the memories
I have? Baseball on a steamy night in Chattanooga. Hawaiian dinner in
Nashville. Champaigne and dancing at a wedding in Ocala. Conversations by
candlelight at 3AM in Savannah. Not one mile, buster.

Sometimes By Step
Sometimes the night was beautiful
Sometimes the sky was so far away
Sometimes it seemed to stoop so close
You could touch it but your heart would break
Sometimes the morning came too soon
Sometimes the day could be so hot
There was so much work left to do
But so much You’d already done

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You

I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days

Sometimes I think of Abraham
How one star he saw had been lit for me
He was a stranger in this land
And I am that, no less than he
And on this road to righteousness
Sometimes the climb can be so steep
I may falter in my steps
But never beyond Your reach

Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
Oh God, You are my God
And I will ever praise You
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You’ll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days
(Rich Mullins, Beaker)

Now, the end is about to begin. Life as I know it won’t be the
same in less than a year from now, but I’ve got one last chance to live
the college life. Since this is it, grin and bear it and live every second
of it. Don’t forget any of it, because it’s not coming by again.

That doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to the next year. That’s
a whole new life I can’t wait to see. Now I know what Rich Mullins means
when he sings that the “climb can be so steep.” In fact, my life isn’t
much different than the climb up this mountain. At every plateau, I think
I’ve reached the top, but I look up and the trail still leads on before me.
So I keep going, eager to look over the edge and see what’s at the top.

And what’s at the top?

I’m not ready to see that yet. I want the road to keep going up.
I don’t know many ways that life can get better, but somehow I know, I can
feel that it will be, and it won’t be anything I can comprehend.

Until then, stay for a song and save that dance for me.